Your help needed to keep your neighbors warm this winter

By Dan Bookham | Oct 31, 2011
Penobscot Bay —

The recent cold snap has served to illustrate once again how weather-sensitive we are here in Maine. Once the temperature drops we reach for that thermostat and while we might feel the pinch of higher fuel prices, we at least know we can stay warm without any hard choices.

However, for several of our neighbors- often elderly and on fixed incomes- staying warm can mean choosing between running the heat and groceries or medications. The risk to health- even to life- is very real for these folks.

The Federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has traditionally stepped in to fill the gap for the least well off, but now the program is under pressure and facing deep cuts.Federal funds for LIHEAP have been cut from $54,000,000 to $30,000,000 for the state of Maine. Without question many needy families will be at risk particularly with the prospect of a cold winter.

Now the Knox County Republican Committee are stepping forward to partner with social services agency Penquis (who is acting as fiscal agent and fund disburser) in a non-partisan, non-political effort to reach out to churches, service clubs, private citizens, and the business community in order to raise funds to help cover at least some of the shortfall here in Knox County.

If you would like to help by hosting a donation box, making a donation, or even assisting with fundraising events, please contact Jan Dolcater at 236-8625 (home), 593-2223 (cell) or email:

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