Heating Assistance for Western Mass Families
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Council of Churches of Western Mass has been helping low incomes families stay warm for more than 40 years. This year, with less government funding for fuel assistance programs from groups like the Valley Opportunity Council, Archbishop Timothy Paul expects demand to soar.
“We don’t rely on any state funding or any other funding and what happens is if those agencies are cut, we get the calls so we’re already experiencing a high volume of calls and requests for fuel,” says Archbishop Paul.
The council tries to help between 200 and 300 families each year — purchasing a minimum of 100 gallons per household. It can cost the council up to $200,000 each year.
“They do have to have exhausted their other avenues and, in most cases because there are no other opportunities to receive assistance, they come to our doors,” says Archbishop Paul.
The council offers emergency heating assistance through March. If your family is already running low on fuel, you can contact the Council of Churches of Western Mass to see if you qualify for assistance at 413-733-2149.
Archbishop Paul says the council will continue helping families as long as they have funding.
The Council of Churches of Western Mass is also accepting donations to fund their fuel assistance program. You can find more information about the program at councilofchurcheswm.org.