It's the time of year, when the Windham County Heat Fund reminds all of the generous people in the county that our less fortunate friends and neighbors will need your help once again as we approach another heating season.
The Windham County Heat Fund was created in 2005 by Richard Davis and me to help people in Windham County Vermont who were not able to buy enough heating fuel to make it through the winter. In 2010 the Heat Fund was incorporated as an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit entity. At the time, oil prices were escalating, and we thought our efforts would only be needed for a year or two.
Over the years, we have come to learn that there is a constant need to supplement state and federal fuel assistance programs for those who fall through the cracks and for those who run out of fuel assistance allotments.
Over the past 16 years, we have raised more than $500,000 from individuals, local businesses, and foundations such as the Thomas Thompson Trust and the Ellen Willard Trust. Our fundraising goal for the 2021–22 heating season is $50,000.