National Grid, others, help upstate New York customers stay warm this winter


This is an official news release.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Dominion Transmission is helping to reduce heating expenses this winter for National Grid’s upstate New York customers in need with a $10,000 donation to the Care & Share Energy Fund, a low-income heating fund established by National Grid in 1981.  Dominion Transmission, a provider of gas transportation and storage services, offered a similar donation last year for National Grid’s customers.

“Our customers are no strangers to the extreme cold weather we have experienced this winter. Receiving this donation today is particularly meaningful as temperatures across upstate are extremely low and energy usage is highest,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid vice president & regional executive director for New York.  “Thanks to the generosity of Dominion Transmission, National Grid’s Care & Share program will continue to support our customers who need assistance the most.”

The Care & Share Energy Fund, administered by National Grid’s long-standing partner HeartShare Human Services of New York, provides grants of up to $200 a year to eligible low-income families who need assistance paying their winter heating bills.

“Families facing a harsh winter and financial difficulties are in dire need of this energy assistance fund. A grant allows a family to stay warm during the cold north country winter,” said HeartShare Vice President for Energy Assistance and Community Development Joe Guarinello.

In 2016, HeartShare received the prestigious Victorine Q. Adams Excellence Award from NEUAC, an awareness-raising coalition for low-income energy consumers, for its role in creating the largest national network among utility companies, elected officials and community organizations assisting thousands of energy insecure households annually.

“Dominion Transmission is proud to have the opportunity to partner once again with National Grid and HeartShare Human Services of New York to help support National Grid’s upstate New York customers in need,” Stanley Ossowski, manager, northern area, Dominion Transmission. “As an organization, we are committed to supporting meaningful projects like the Care & Share Energy Fund program that encourage energy efficiency and provide customer assistance.”

National Grid customers can apply for Care & Share funds by visiting intake centers across upstate New York. A full listing of centers can be found at and by calling HeartShare at 855-852-2736. To apply for Care & Share by telephone, in an area where there is no local agency accepting applications, customers can contact 718-422-4207 and a HeartShare representative will take the application over the phone. Care & Share information can also be found at

National Grid also partners with HeartShare to administer grants for its Neighborhood Heating Fund, which is a similar program that services approximately 1,200 households in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Dominion Transmission’s parent company, Dominion, has also developed its own energy assistance program. Since the program’s inception in 1982, the program has helped more than 780,000 people facing financial hardships stay comfortable in their own homes.


About Dominion Transmission

Dominion (NYSE: D),  is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,400 megawatts of generation, 14,600 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.

Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization.)For more information please visit our website:, or our Connecting website. You can also follow us on Twitter, watch us on You Tube, Friend us on Facebook and find our photos on Instagram.

About HeartShare Human Services of New York

HeartShare Human Services of New York nurtures and empowers children and adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, through educational, life skills and vocational training, residential, case management, recreational, family support and health care services. HeartShare affiliates include The HeartShare School, which offers quality education and therapies to children with autism, HeartShare Wellness, which provides critical health services to those with developmental disabilities and case management to those with chronic conditions, and HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services (HSVS), which supports children, adults and families living in crisis due to experiences with poverty. Since its founding in 1914, HeartShare has expanded its reach to over 100 program sites in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, as well as to 61 of the 62 New York counties through energy grants to low-income families.

HeartShare is proud that 90% of all revenue goes directly to its programs and services. HeartShare is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @heartshare and like us on Facebook.


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