Wed, Jan 4, 2012 04:21 PM
Central Vermont Public Service announced a $10,000 company
donation and $100,000 in matching funds for CVPS Shareheat, a
last-resort program that provides emergency fuel assistance to
hundreds of Vermont families each year.
"With federal cutbacks in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program, Shareheat will be more important than ever this winter,"
CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. "As a result, CVPS is
making a special $10,000 donation to Shareheat, in addition to a
pledge of $100,000 in funds to match customer contributions dollar
The $10,000 grant will be divided and paid immediately to five
community action agencies that administer Shareheat funds, with the
$100,000 going out as customer contributions are received and
matched this winter. The matching pool will also include $21,000
contributed by the Vermont Country Store ($16,000) and Passumpsic
Savings Bank ($5,000), significant donations to help those in
"VCS and Passumpsic have been steadfast supporters of Shareheat for
many years. These funds will be critically important this
winter, serving as the last resort for community action agencies
working with Vermonters in need," Costello said. "They are
available to Vermonters who face heating crises yet have never
sought assistance and suddenly find themselves in need of help, and
folks who have exhausted all other forms of assistance or who do
not qualify for other assistance."
Vermonters who need help with a winter heating crisis should
contact their local community action agency for assistance.
Businesses that would like to join as Shareheat Business Partners
should contact Costello at CVPS.