Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and the United Way
Emergency Heating Fund
Thanks to the assistance of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and the United Way of Long Island and the United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, thousands of people had a warm home in the winter of 2011. Through the agencies’ emergency heating funds, supported by National Grid Foundation, many people would not have been able to heat their homes. The Emergency Heating Fund administered by Catholic Charities and the United Way is a fuel-neutral assistance program. Catholic Charities helped approximately 1,500 people in 400 households meet their energy needs and costs. United Way’s Project Warmth program provided assistance to 1,350 families in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Far Rockaway/Queens. United Way and the Three Village Swim Club teamed up for the first Project Warmth Plunge. Swim team members plunged into a cold pool to raise awareness and funds to benefit United Way’s Project Plunge. United Way of Mass Bay provided emergency assistance to 510 people. All three agencies have seen a rise in requests for financial assistance to help pay their home heating costs.