Even though the cold winter months are becoming a distant memory, the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, its sponsoring energy companies and its administrator, The Salvation Army, continue to encourage those in need to apply for energy assistance. Massachusetts residents can visit their local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or call (800) 262-1320 for those who live in area code 413 or (800) 334-3047 if residing in area codes 508, 617, 781 or 978 to determine if the Fund can be a source of relief.
The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a safety net for families who are in temporary crisis and do not qualify for federal and state fuel assistance programs such as LIHEAP. The Salvation Army pays the energy provider directly for households whose gross household income falls between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. For example, a household size of 2 would need to have a total gross yearly income of between $41,932 and $55,908 to qualify. A household of 4 would need to have a yearly income of between $61,664 and $82,218 to qualify, etc. This year's Fund disbursement is $250 per eligible household per heating season.
“We are so grateful for all the contributions to the Fund and for the giving spirit of the sponsoring energy companies and residents across the Commonwealth,” said Major David Kelly of The Salvation Army. “That being said, the Fund obviously has a finite amount of money available and it’s being disbursed every day so we ask that families who are having trouble making ends meet visit one of our Community Centers or call us soon.”
The Fund’s campaign relies on the generosity of individuals, families and local corporations for support. Massachusetts residents who wish to support the Fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by donating with a credit card online at www.magoodneighbor.org and checking the appropriate box or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Or, donors can simply mail a check payable to “The Good Neighbor Energy Fund” and send it to The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts, 02021-1408. Participating energy companies support their respective customers’ generosity through various giving programs.
For more information on the Fund and how to apply, visit your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or call (800) 334-3047 if you live in area codes 508, 617, 781 or 978 or (800) 262-1320 if you live in area code 413 or. Web:www.magoodneighbor.org.