MONROE, CT — Home heating bills are expected to soar this winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Monroe families in need of financial assistance can turn to Project Warmth once all assistance programs are exhausted, but the local fund needs to be replenished.
Townspeople can help the cause, while having a fun evening at the Bicentennial Ball, to be held at the Stone Barn at Whitney Farms, 175 Shelton Road, on Friday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m.
“In 2022 our Project Warmth fund assisted 40 families with their heating or utility needs for a total of $12,213.14,” said Kim Cassia, the town’s director of Community & Social Services. “Since January 2023 we have assisted 42 families for a total of 14,506.48 and the year isn’t over.”
Tickets to the fundraiser are $100 per person and include a full dinner, beer, wine and soda. The event will also feature music by JMG Music and Entertainment, raffles and a wine pull.
Tickets are on sale at the Town Clerk’s office at Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road, the Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road, and Union Savings Bank, 411 Monroe Turnpike.
Those who cannot stop by during business hours can contact Cassia at work 203-452-2815 extension 4, on her cellphone at 203-610-2346 or via email at [email protected].
Another option is to mail a check to Monroe Town Hall, Project Warmth, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe CT 06468.
The Project Warmth fund was created by the town to help Monroe residents bridge the gap between energy assistance programs. It is administered through the Department of Community & Social Services and follows the established state and federal energy guidelines. Individual circumstances are considered.
Project Warmth is used after all other available resources have been exhausted. Funds are distributed directly to vendors.
In 2022 our Project Warmth fund assisted 40 families with their heating or utility needs for a total of $12,213.14. Since January 2023 we have assisted 42 families for a total of 14,506.48 and the year isn’t over.
Project Warmth relies solely on the generosity of our community through fundraisers, sponsored events and on-line donations. Organizers of the The Bicentennial Ball are hoping for a big boost before winter.
“Our fundraising team has been working hard to come up with fun and creative fundraising efforts,” Cassia said. “Hope to see you there!”
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