For the past 11 years the generosity of our friends and neighbors has made it possible for the Westport Warm-Up Fund to offer fuel assistance to hundreds of elderly, infirm, and disadvantaged members of our community. In response to serious federal and state cut-backs in energy assistance programs in the early 1990s, the Warm-Up Funds were created to ensure that our communities had a mechanism by which we could help local residents stay warm during the winter months. The rising energy costs and falling temperatures pose a great risk to the most vulnerable members of our community. For those with limited means high fuel prices often mean the choice between food, medication or fuel. The number of requests for energy assistance has risen dramatically over the past few years. To qualify for the Warm-Up Funds, one must have previously applied for and either exhausted or been denied funding available through state/federal programs.
The Warm-Up Fund is a collaborative effort between the United Way, the Department of Human Services, the Clergy Association, and the Westport Woman’s Club. We come together to ensure that no one is left out in the cold. The monies are raised through a direct mailing to all residents in Westport and 100% of all the money raised for the Warm-Up Fund goes to those in need.
Visit their website at: http://www.unitedwaycfc.org/income/Access-to-Basic-Needs/warm-up-fund
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