Community Bank N.A. recently presented Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity with a $17,500 donation as part of a challenge grant pledged in December.
The bank partnered with CVOEO to raise money for the organization’s WARMTH program by matching WARMTH donations dollar for dollar during December, up to $17,500.
Statewide, donations totaled more than $100,000 to help low-income Vermont families stay warm this winter. CVOEO will distribute funds for use by all five community action agencies statewide for the emergency-based WARMTH program to help to offset home heating bills. All donations will be used for client services.
Community Bank N.A. New England Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois said both the agency and the heating program are vital to the greater community and she thanked donors. “Thanks to your efforts, our neighbors in need will stay warm and safe this winter,” she said.
Last year, CVOEO provided 4,227 fuel assists to more than 2,939 households statewide. Since its inception in 1986, WARMTH has helped approximately 80,000 families keep safe and warm throughout the winter season.
CVOEO Executive Director Jan Demers said the program mainly serves working families. “Federal and state funding has decreased year after year. The donations we receive through the WARMTH program go directly to keeping families warm. When all other funds are exhausted, it is our Vermont community that keeps the heat on,” she said.
For more information about CVOEO and the WARMTH program, visit cvoeo.org. To apply for home heating assistance, contact your local community action agency. Vermonters age 60 and older may also call 800-642-5119 for assistance.