Chester Dems hold annual Share Heat fundraiser

The Chester Town Democratic Committee is holding its annual Share Heat Fundraiser to provide financial support for those in our community in need of assistance in paying for the cost of home heating fuel. As fuel prices have risen significantly, the need for heating fuel assistance to provide warmth and comfort continues to grow.

The Share Heat Fundraiser will once again be based on donations from our friends and supporters, with no in person gathering. Donations will be accepted any time. Please make your check payable to Chester Andover Family Center and mail it to Dakin & Benelli, P.C., P.O. Box 4990 Chester, VT 05143.

Representative Kathy Pellett, initiated the Share Heat Fundraiser in 2005 and it has been held annually under the continuing leadership of representatives Kathy Pellett, Leigh Dakin and Tom Bock and the Chester Town Democratic Committee. Last year’s fundraiser raised a record breaking $2,650.

Our community has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to provide support for our neighbors in need of heating assistance during this continuing Covid pandemic period. Your contribution to Chester-Andover Family Center, a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, will have an immediate and comforting impact to those who are struggling to keep their homes and families warm.

Please consider a donation in support of the Share Heat Fundraiser. The gift of warmth will be most appreciated on a cold winter night.

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  1. Home heating costs are one of the most difficult expenses for Vermonters to meet, and are often the cause of financial distress. As a member of the Financial Assistance Committee of the Chester-Andover Family Center, I see first-hand the need in our communities, and am very thankful for this effort to help us meeting emergency heating needs for those in our communities.

    Readers should know that the state’s seasonal fuel assistance program — Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP — can help low and moderate income homeowners receive annual heating relief. Income limits are fairly generous: Households of two persons with incomes of about $30,000 or under are eligible.

    I have seen regional residents receive assistance ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $3,000/annually. Once on the program, annual updates from the state are automatic, and the process is quite simple. For those 60 or over, a simple call to the Senior Solutions HelpLine at 802-885-2669 can pair you with someone who can take your information over the phone and submit the application on your behalf in less than 10 minutes. This is an important and critical resource in the current “Chester-Andover 100%” Campaign, which is a collaboration between Senior Solutions and the Chester-Andover Family Center.

    Vermonters – Don’t leave money on the table!