Cornerstone Bank has announced a donation of $40,000 to Worcester Community Action Council, Inc to assist local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency’s Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund. Every year, this fund provides critical support to clients who are most vulnerable to high home heating costs and whose needs often extend beyond what they receive in federal assistance.
In announcing the donation, Cornerstone Bank President Todd Tallman said, “At Cornerstone Bank, we are honored to help make a difference in the community we serve and are very proud to be able to support the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). WCAC embodies service to people and place through their mission: helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.”
“Their clients are our neighbors, our friends, sometimes our family, and they range in age from prenatal to elderly,” Tallman continued. “Our support of WCAC is in keeping with our mission of being a bank that makes a positive difference in the lives of the individuals within our community.”
WCAC Executive Director Marybeth Campbell said, “Cornerstone has been a critical partner to WCAC for many years. This year’s donation comes at a moment in time when we have more people experiencing greater need. We are, once again, grateful for Cornerstone’s support and for these resources that will go directly to households that need it most.”
“We know many households are struggling financially due lost or reduced wages as the result of COVID. We also know many households are experiencing increased utility usage because they are working from home or have children doing remote learning,” said WCAC’s Director of Energy Resources Mary Knittle. “What we want those households to know, is that WCAC is here to help – home heating help is here. And this generous donation from Cornerstone Bank will help us serve the most vulnerable households.”
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 about eligibility and how to apply is available online at www.wcac.net/fuel-assistance/