National Grid Foundation donates to Heating Assistance Funds

As the cold weather sets in, the National Grid Foundation is helping families in need in Massachusetts and Rhode Island by making substantial donations to local heating assistance programs.

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Bob Keller presents a check for $130,000 to United Way and community partners.

On January 7th, the National Grid Foundation donated $130,000 to the United Way Heating Assistance Programs to help Massachusetts families who are struggling to pay their heating utility bills. Two days before that on January 5th, the Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to the “Keep the Heat On” heating assistance program run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

“We may have had a relatively mild winter so far, but for many families who struggle to heat their homes, any cold is deeply chilling,” said Michael Durkin, President of United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.  “The steadfast support from the National Grid Foundation shows a true commitment to working families and will have a real impact on many lives this winter.”

Sonya Huggins receives assistance

Sonya Huggins, of Dorchester, MA, received fuel assistance through ABCD after four winters without heat thanks to the funds provided by National Grid Foundation and United Way.

The Foundation has a long history of giving in Massachusetts. It has donated more than $1.2 million over 11 years to United Way partners. This assistance has helped more than 12,000 MA families pay their heating bills. Meanwhile in Rhode Island, the Foundation has made three major donations to the “Keep the Heat On” fund, which has provided more than $2 million to 10,000 families in RI who are also struggling to pay their heating utility bills. The National Grid Foundation was established in 1998 and has since provided more than $17 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.

“We encourage people to think about the struggles some families may be facing,” said Bob Keller, President of the National Grid Foundation, who presented both donations. “Even a small donation makes a difference. For $10, someone can keep a family warm for a day.” Keller added: “National Grid Foundation is proud to lend a ‘warm helping hand’ to our neighbors, so they don’t have to choose between buying food and staying warm.”

RELEVANT INFO

MA: United Way Heating Assistance Programs

  • Families in need of heating assistance should call Mass211 helpline (dial 211) to be directed to their closest community resource.

RI: “Keep the Heat On” Heating Assistance Program

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