Pictured left to right: Rosalind Baker, WCAC LIHEAP Coordinator; Mary Knittle, WCAC Director of Energy Resources; Andrea Marais of National Grid; Jill Dagilis, WCAC Executive Director; Susan Mais, Aleta Fazzone and Kevin Shaughnessy of National Grid.

Pictured left to right: Rosalind Baker, WCAC LIHEAP Coordinator; Mary Knittle, WCAC Director of Energy Resources; Andrea Marais of National Grid; Jill Dagilis, WCAC Executive Director; Susan Mais, Aleta Fazzone and Kevin Shaughnessy of National Grid. Submitted Photo.

The Worcester Community Action Council today accepted a check for $50,000 in additional heating assistance funds to help defray home heating energy costs for income-eligible residents. Over 300 households will be helped thanks to the additional funds.

“WCAC is most grateful for this timely and generous donation from National Grid,” WCAC Executive Director Jill C. Dagilis said. “The extreme weather conditions over the past several months have posed great hardships on many individuals and families throughout central and southern Worcester County, struggling to afford home heating expenses. These funds will allow WCAC to assist some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

“With the last few months bringing record cold and snowfall to the region, we understand that our customers are concerned about energy costs,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts at WCAC’s Worcester office today. “It’s important to us that our customers are aware of the many options National Grid has in place to make monthly energy bills more manageable. And we are particularly concerned that our customers who qualify for heating assistance continue to have access to funds.”

The federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program(LIHEAP) helps Massachusetts households earning under 60% of the state median income ($61,644 for a family of four) cover heating costs. Statewide the program services close to 200,000 households. In 2014, WCAC processed over 15,000 fuel assistance applications, providing more than $9.9 million dollars in assistance.