Good Neighbor Energy Fund opens to help those in need pay energy bills

Good Neighbor Energy Fund opens to help those in need pay energy bills

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund is now open for those Rhode Island households experiencing financial difficulty and in need of assistance with their energy bills.

The fund, sponsored by Dominion Energy, National Grid, Ocean State Power, Pascoag Utility District, Petro Home Services and RISEC LP and administered by United Way of Rhode Island, has provided energy assistance to 44,750 local households since its inception in 1986, according to a press release.

The United Way of Rhode Island encourages those households in need of energy assistance to visit their local Community Action Program agency to determine household eligibility for the fund, which is based on total household income not exceeding 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Dial 2-1-1, United Way’s 24-hour call center, for general information about the Good Neighbor Energy Fund.

Rhode Islanders most often donate to the fund via the yellow donation envelopes that are enclosed with energy bills through the end of February.

Those interested in donating can also text “WARM” to 91999 on their mobile phone, send a check payable to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” to Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909-2459 or visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor.org .