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CVPS donates $10K to Shareheat, offers $100,000 match

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 for 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 need.

"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.


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