Cornerstone Bank recently presented a donation of $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). This major financial contribution will go toward assisting local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency's Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund. Every year, this fund provides critical support to clients who are most vulnerable to high home heating costs and whose needs often extend beyond what they receive in federal assistance.
"WCAC is a vital organization that helps people gain economic self-sufficiency," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. "We're proud to support their mission and the many programs they provide to the community and its residents."
"We are pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile agency that provides critical support to many local individuals and families," added Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. "We are committed to helping our neighbors stay warm during the winter season."
Last winter WCAC nearly 12,000 households obtained home heating assistance through WCAC's program, including more than 2,400 emergency fuel deliveries and utility payments. "We are most grateful for this generous donation," said WCAC Director of Energy Resources Mary Knittle. "These funds will help support the most vulnerable in our community struggling to keep warm this winter."
The Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is open November 1st to April 30th each year. The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance by paying fuel vendors directly for income-eligible households including individuals, families, single or multi-family homes, owners or renters. Eligibility is determined by household income. Additional details available at www.WCAC.net/energy
Since 1965, the Worcester Community Action Council has served as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for central and southern Worcester County, with a mission of helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships and advocacy.
Serving the City of Worcester and 45 neighboring communities of Auburn, Blackstone, Boylston, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holden, Holland, Hopedale, Hubbardston, Grafton, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Palmer, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Wales, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield and Westborough.