United Way helps with winter heat bills


It's hard to think about winter as we enjoy beautiful summer weather, but now is the time to start considering how you’ll pay to heat your home this weekend.

Dawn Chapla says utilities are the most common concern for folks who contact the United Way of St. Joseph County for help – whether it’s heating or cooling. So beginning in mid-October, United Way is enrolling families their Team H.E.A.T. program, which stands for Home Energy Assistance Team.

Over a five-month period, families will pay 50 dollars on their heat bill, and the United Way will match 50 dollars. Families can also sign up for a budgeting class and will be assigned a case coordinator to build a plan to handle the heat bills each month.

Folks can also adopt a team Team H.E.A.T. family for 300 dollars. 250 dollars will go directly to the family and their heat bills, and the other 50 helps the local agencies with the case coordinators and budget classes.

“It’s a great way to teach your children how to help someone, and you feel great knowing you helped someone stay warm in the winter,” Chapla says.


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