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bankHometown commits $25,000 to Fuel Fund

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2020In time for the home heating season, bankHometown has contributed an additional $25,000 to the Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund first established by Millbury Savings Bank in 2005 to help low-income residents pay their home energy costs. With the recent merger of bankHometown and Millbury Savings, this contribution demonstrates bankHometown’s continued commitment to the program and brings total contributions to $380,000.

“Now in its 16th year, the energy assistance program is critical in helping local families meet the high cost of heating their homes,” said Robert J. Morton, bankHometown’s president and chief executive officer. “bankHometown is pleased to continue funding this important program for our neighbors in need, and to build upon Millbury Savings Bank’s long history of giving back to the community.”

The fund will provide fuel assistance to households in Millbury and Sutton that meet federal guidelines for low-income individuals. For qualifying applicants, bankHometown will pay $350 for oil, natural gas, or electric directly to the energy supplier. Last winter, approximately 60 local families received assistance.

Eligible properties include owner-occupied, single-family residences or apartments. Ineligible properties include subsidized housing, multi-family housing producing rental income (even if owner-occupied), and apartments that include heat as part of the rent.

The program will be administered by both the Millbury and Sutton Senior Centers and will end March 31. To apply, or to determine if you are eligible, contact one of the program’s coordinators:  Judith O’Connor, Millbury Senior Center, 1 River Street, (508) 865-9247, or Michelle Edelstein, Sutton Senior Center, 19 Hough Road, (508) 234-0703.