GMP Encourages Vermonters to Give to Neighbors in Need as Winter Approaches
11 October 2017
COLCHESTER, VT… With cold weather just around the corner, Green Mountain Power is helping Vermonters stay warm with a $130,000 donation to the statewide WARMTH program. This will be the 32nd year that Green Mountain Power has contributed funds to help people with heating emergencies.
“We are always heartened to see how generous our customers are in helping to keep their neighbors warm by supporting the WARMTH program,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “We are glad that we can play an important part in supporting the program, as well.”
For more than 30 years, WARMTH has helped families who are facing heating emergencies and are not able to find help through other channels. WARMTH offers essential information and counseling to help families avoid heating crises, and in a heating emergency offers financial assistance. More than 90,000 families have received funds totaling more than $5 million. The state’s five Community Action Agencies manage the funds, ensuring that every dollar contributed goes directly to a Vermonter in need.
“We are so grateful to Green Mountain Power and its customers for helping families who struggle to pay for heat,” said Jan Demers, Executive Director of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. “The WARMTH funds provide essential assistance for people who find themselves in a heating emergency.”
GMP encourages others to get involved and support this critical program, where 100 percent of donations go directly to help people with heating emergencies. Funds are paid directly to the fuel or energy supplier, and each household receives no more than $225 in assistance per year.
Green Mountain Power customers will receive a WARMTH brochure with their November and December bills with information on how to donate. Customers can include a check to WARMTH with their GMP bill or send directly to their local Community Action Agency. To learn more about this program or to find the Community Action Agency in your area, visit CVOEO.org.
Vermonters who may be eligible for assistance through the WARMTH program can contact their local Community Action Agency or call 2-1-1 for confidential information and referral to community resources.
About Green Mountain Power:
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.