R.I. Good Neighbor Energy Fund seeking help

R.I. Good Neighbor Energy Fund seeking help

PROVIDENCE - Colder temperatures, the state's high unemployment rate and the high cost of living are generating a heightened "urgency of need" from local families who are in temporary crisis and seeking heating assistance from the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, according to The Salvation Army. They are appealing for continued donations by the general public as well as the corporate community. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund campaign's 2013-14 goal is to raise $550,000 and assist 1,750 families in temporary crisis.

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

Those interested in donating online can visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor.org or simply mail a check, payable to the "Good Neighbor Energy Fund," to The Salvation Army, 386 Broad St., Providence, RI 02907.

The fund is a safety net for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs such as LIHEAP. The Salvation Army distributes contributions to families who qualify based on specific household income and family member guidelines.

For more information, call 401-490-0240 or visit www.rhodeislandgoodneighbor.org.