Good Neighbor Energy Fund for those in need of heating assistance​​​

Published: 12/3/2019 9:36:20 PM
Modified: 12/3/2019 9:36:13 PM

CANTON — “Give The Gift of Warmth!” The sponsoring energy companies of the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF) announce that the Fund’s 2019-2020 fundraising campaign is now under way with a goal to raise $500,000 and provide energy assistance to more than 1,650 households. The Fund helps families in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses. The GNEF, which has raised more than $22 million and assisted over 90,250 households in need since its inception in 1985, will open to all eligible households on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Participating energy companies support their respective customers’ generosity through various giving programs. Massachusetts residents who wish to support the Fund can “Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in monthly energy bills or through the ‘add a dollar’ program some energy companies offer which allows customers to increase their monthly utility bill payment by one dollar or more. Customers can also donate on-line by visiting www.magoodneighbor.org or simply mail a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” and send it to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, Massachusetts 02021-1408.

“The successful 35-year history of the Fund makes me confident that we will expand on its good work this campaign year and make a difference in the lives of thousands of families in temporary crisis across the state,” said Susan Corson, Chairperson of the 2019-2020 Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign and Credit Supervisor for Unitil/Fitchburg Gas & Electric. “Let’s all work together, exceed our fundraising goal of $500,000 and make sure no family who applies and is eligible goes to bed cold this winter.”

“The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a vital partnership providing a critically important service to everyone who qualifies without discrimination,” said Major David B. Davis, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army of Massachusetts. “The partner energy companies, and their customers, help us fill the gap for families who never expected to need help but who are now struggling. That they have done this important work for 35 years is humbling and much appreciated.”

New this GNEF campaign year, the Fund’s distribution award letter will also serve as qualification for the Mass Save Enhanced Insulation Incentive for customers of a Massachusetts investor-owned utility. Specifically, the offer provides qualified customers with no-cost insulation, as well as other no-cost energy savings measures.

The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is often the last resort for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs. The Salvation Army, which administers the Fund, pays the energy provider directly for households whose gross income falls between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. For example, a household size of 4 would need to have a total gross yearly income of between $71,847 and $95,795 to qualify. This campaign year’s Fund disbursement is $250 per eligible household per heating season.


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