The arrival of crisp, colder weather means many things to Vermonters–like the start of ski season and the coming holidays. But to many Vermonters, it means worrying about how to keep their families warm over the long winter months. Green Mountain Power is helping with a $130,000 donation to WARMTH, a program that helps Vermonters with heating emergencies. GMP encourages others to get involved and support this critical program.
“We are pleased to be part of an important Vermont tradition–keeping our neighbors safe and warm,” said Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “The WARMTH program is a very effective way of helping families facing a heating emergency, and I am always gratified to see how generous our customers are in helping each other out.”
Last winter the WARMTH program helped families with heating emergencies more than 5,000 times. Funds are paid directly to the fuel or energy supplier, and each household receives no more than $225 in assistance per year.
“We are grateful to Green Mountain Power and all their customers who donate to the WARMTH program,” said Jan Demers, executive director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). “The WARMTH program is often the last resort for families who are not able to pay for heat, so everyone who donates can feel good knowing they have made an important difference.”
Green Mountain Power customers will receive a WARMTH brochure with their November and December bills with information on how to donate. Customers can include a check to WARMTH with their GMP bill or send directly to their local community action agency. To learn more about this program or to find the community action agencyin your area, visit CVOEO.org.
Vermonters who may be eligible for assistance through the WARMTH program can contact their local community action agency or call 2-1-1 for confidential information and referral to community resources.