6:23 PM EST, January 16, 2013
With increasing numbers of area families struggling to pay rising utility bills this winter, the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is asking the community to provide assistance through the Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative.
The 2013 Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative will run from January through March. It will use donated dollars to help as many area families as possible.
The initiative is supported by a $6,500 grant provided by BP Products North America through Roach Energy and ROCS. Additional dollars for heating and utility assistance are provided by the Department of Health and Human Resources and many charitable and faith-based organizations.
The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle continues to manage the fund with no administrative fees or overhead charges. Every dollar raised will be passed on to the community.
Roach Energy will contribute 1 cent per gallon of oil or propane that customers purchase when they request a delivery from their Warming Hands and Hearts trucks. When calling for a delivery, customers can ask for the Warming Hands and Hearts delivery trucks.
At ROCS Convenience Stores, patrons can purchase a Warming Hands and Hearts travel mug for $4.99, with $2 of the proceeds being donated to the fund. Ten cents also will be donated to the fund for every coffee refill purchased. Also, Rocs and Roach Energy will donate $1 for every new fan who “likes” them on Facebook.
“This initiative provides vital assistance for local residents who are having trouble paying their utility bills and keeping the heat on this winter,” said Pete Mulford, chief executive officer of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. “The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is proud to coordinate this strategic partnership between our corporate and agency partners. Being ‘Stronger Together,’ we can provide help for more people in our communities.”
Warming Hands and Hearts also provides a case manager who contacts the utility company on behalf of the client. Negotiated payment arrangements and financial management information also are provided through the initiative.
Donations can be mailed by check to United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, 218 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV 25401 and online at www.uwayep.org. Please designate your donations to the Warming Hands and Hearts fund by placing “Warming Hands & Hearts” or “WH&H” on the memo line of your check or in the online donation system.
For more information on the Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative or United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, call 304-263-0603 or go to www.uwayep.org.
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