Your support can help our friends and neighbors stay safe and warm in their homes this winter.
Keep ME Warm provides emergency heating assistance through a statewide partnership of Maine’s United Ways and Community Action Agencies. Donations are distributed through a formula based on federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) percentages and population, and are used to assist individuals directly, or designated to local organizations that provide emergency fuel assistance, including faith-based programs and nonprofit agencies. Keep ME Warm is the only statewide fuel assistance fundraising effort in the state of Maine.
Every winter, United Way supported 211 Maine sees an increase in calls related to heating assistance. In 2022, those calls increased by 170% from 2021. Many Mainers are struggling as the cost of food, housing, fuel, and other basic necessities have risen dramatically. Thousands of Mainers are faced with choosing between heating their homes and basic needs like food and medicine.
Thank you for helping to make the winter warmer and safer for Maine families.
Do you or someone you know need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211maine.org for information on heating assistance and weatherization services near you. 2-1-1 Maine is a statewide health and human services information and referral service created by the United Ways of Maine, in partnership with The Opportunity Alliance and the State of Maine.
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The Keep ME Warm fund was established in 2008 and is a statewide partnership of the 7 United Ways in Maine and the 10 Community Action Programs to supplement fuel assistance programs. Donations are distributed through a formula based on federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) percentages and population, and are used to assist individuals directly, or designated to local organizations that provide emergency fuel assistance, including faith-based programs and nonprofit agencies.
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Your donations to Keep ME Warm will provide emergency heating assistance. Community Action Agencies will use the funds to help households with fuel assistance that may not be eligible for limited federal, state, or local fuel assistance programs. United Ways and 211 Maine will use the funds to support additional organizations and agencies that can help those in need of fuel assistance.
211 Maine will work with a clients’ primary fuel vendor to make emergency oil deliveries in the event established community resources are unable to provide home heating assistance. Keep ME Warm is a safety-net resource administered after all other avenues for fuel have been exhausted. Clients will be asked to create a new account with vendors in the event their primary fuel vendor is unable to deliver fuel according to an individuals need or timeline. A variety of oil companies are used in this effort.