As cold weather settles in the Seacoast region and energy costs reach record highs, a donation from Partners Bank enables Granite United Way to provide additional relief.
While gas prices are down after several weeks of hikes, heating oil prices are expected to be 28% higher than last winter and natural gas prices up 27%, according to the US Energy Information Administration released at the beginning of the New Hampshire Department of Energy Average has far surpassed that figure with an average of $5.50 on November 22nd.
The Sanford-based bank made a $250,000 donation to the United Way of Southern Maine’s “Heat Week” utility, scheduled for Friday, December 9, on Portland’s WMTW television. $50,000 of that amount is what is expected during the fundraiser.
Sharing with New Hampshire
Granite State United Way will receive $60,000 of this donation, which will be distributed to two Seacoast non-profit organizations, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and Southern New Hampshire Services.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with the United Way of Southern Maine team to make this available to neighbors in the Greater Seacoast region who need extra support during the cold winter months,” Kerry Folkins, Director of Corporate of Engagement at Granite United Way, said in a statement. “Each winter this is one of those areas that individuals and families struggle with and access to help is an important element of keeping our community safe this winter.”
The need for help has already proven to be greater this winter than last winter.
Betsey Andrews Parker, CEO of Strafford County’s Community Action Partnership, said in a statement that they helped just over 2,400 homes throughout last winter’s fuel season. This winter they have already registered 2,439 households with appointments for the next three weeks.
“We expect that due to high energy costs, households will use up their benefits in the first two months of the program. The donations will help us support customers during the coldest months of the year,” said Andrews Parker.
Heat Week donations are accepted online at uwsme.org and can be used to support Maine or New Hampshire.
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