Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Keep Your Neighbors Warm

A happy group basking in the fireplace’s warm glow: it’s a lovely image, and one I tried to keep in mind slogging through a cold rain and shivering at the bus stop last night. I was so happy to get inside where it’s safe and warm. My heat is included in the rent, so I don’t have to stress about sky-high unpredictable heating bills, or make the thankless choice: food or heat.

This is the time of year I try to make a contribution to Keep Wisconsin Warm, a local program that provides financial help for heating bills. I wondered what programs other states offered — it turns out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a heating assistance web page for every state in the country. This LIHEAP (Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program) database includes many heating assistance programs — both public and private — in your area. Want to give? They’ll tell you how. Need heating assistance, or know someone who does? Applications and info here, too.

Today’s Mitzvah: Check out LIHEAP in your state.

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