Learn How to Apply for Fuel Assistance

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Last year, the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund helped more than 1,525 families pay an electric, gas or oil bill. Priscilla Ress, Spokesperson for WMECO, told us how you can apply for fuel assistance.

The Mass Good Neighbor Energy Fund

To qualify for assistance from the MA Good Neighbor Energy Fund, an applicant’s gross household income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. This year’s maximum Fund disbursement is $250 per eligible household per heating season.

You may apply by directly contacting your local Salvation Army Service Center. For more information about eligibility criteria and where to apply, please call: 1-800-262-1320 or visit MAGoodNeighbor.org.

To Contribute:
Pledge your year-round support by enrolling in our Add-A-Dollar program. Simply mail us your completed pledge form (PDF:7KB). A dollar will be automatically added to your bill each month to be contributed to the Fund. You can discontinue your contribution at any time.

If you wish to donate more than a dollar, up to $10, to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, call us at 877-OK-WMECO (877-659-6326) (781-4300 within the Springfield calling area).

About the Good Neighbor Energy Fund:
Now in its 29th year, the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund has provided energy assistance to hundreds-of-thousands of residents in temporary crisis who are struggling to pay their energy bills and do not qualify for federal or state energy funds.

“This Fund really helps the people who might otherwise not be served, mainly the working poor of Massachusetts,” says Major David E. Kelly, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army which administers the Fund. “Without assistance from the GNEF, many of the people we serve wouldn’t be able to make their monthly utility payments.”

A cooperative effort between sponsoring Massachusetts energy companies, The Salvation Army and caring neighbors throughout the Commonwealth, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund has raised over 18.8 million and assisted more than 82,000 households with a month’s energy expense since its inception in 1985.

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