UniBank CRA Officer Matthew Wally, Vice President Lemonia Mironidis, and CEO Michael Welch with WCAC LIHEAP Coordinator Dianne Schiavone and Executive Director Marybeth Campbell. [Submitted photo]

As the Central Massachusetts region faces a ongering, bitter blast of winter cold, Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. was pleased to accept a $20,000 dollar donation from UniBank to support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Fund.
 
“It is during these cold winter months that those in need among us suffer the most. We are honored to be able to partner with the Worcester Community Action Council to provide support to the LIHEAP program benefitting the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Michael W. Welch, UniBank CEO. Priority will be given to assisting eligible households within UniBank’s Blackstone Valley service area.
 
“We are most appreciative of this generous support,” said WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell. “These resources will allow us to serve households facing fuel emergencies as well as those who have already exhausted their federal assistance.” She noted that Massachusetts was one of three states in the United States to suffer a reduction in federal fuel assistance funding this past year, resulting in lower benefit levels for many eligible households.

WCAC has already certified 7,000 fuel assistance applications this season. Last winter nearly 12,000 households were served through WCAC’s home heating assistance program, including more than 2,400 emergency fuel deliveries and utility payments.

The Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is open November 1st to April 30th each year, providing financial assistance by paying fuel vendors directly for income-eligible households including individuals, families, single or multi-family homes, owners or renters. Eligibility is determined by household income. Additional details available at www.WCAC.net/energy