INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Marion County residents who need help paying heating bills foundnew hope Thursday as the City of Indianapolis and the United Way ofCentral Indiana kicked off the Winter Assistance Fund.
United Way announced five local groups donated a total of$305,000 to help Hoosiers whose income exceeds governmentguidelines for assistance but are unable to pay high heatingbills.
“We are talking about a family of four that earns at least$33,000,” said Ellen Annala, President & CEO of UnitedWay of Central Indiana, “That’s kind of a niche thatwe’re trying to make sure that people get that kind ofassistance.”
The contributions, from five area organizations, brought theUnited Way closer to its $500,000 goal.
- Citizens Energy Group - $100,000
- Indianapolis Power & Light - $50,000
- Nina Mason pulliam Charitable Trust - $100,000
- The Indianapolis Foundation - $10,000
- James Proctor Fund for Aged men and Women - $45,000
The city is bracing for a large number of requests from familieshit by the economy. Last year, the fund helped more than 2,082households by raising over $717,040 in assistance.
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