HeartShare and National Grid Launch Mobile Donation to Heating Fund
As the need for heating assistance grows, HeartShare HumanServices of New York and National Grid have created a new and moreefficient way for New Yorkers to help their neighbors by launchinga mobile donation campaign supporting the Neighborhood HeatingFund.
National Grid created the Neighborhood Heating Fund, now in itsthird decade, to assist customers in need. HeartShare HumanServices of New York administers the program serving Brooklyn,Queens and Staten Island. The program runs from December throughMarch, as long as funding is available.Interested donors can contribute by simply texting WARM to27722 to make a $5 tax-deductible contribution to helpfamilies in need stay warm this winter and replying with the wordYES when prompted to confirm the donation. Standard carrier ratesmay apply. In the current economic climate, donations from individuals,corporations and foundations are down, said William R. Guarinello,President and CEO of HeartShare. We wanted an easy way for peopleto make donations and help their neighbors in need. This givesdonors the ability to give directly through their phones.
During a time when the economy is still challenging for many ofour customers, we are encouraged by our recent forecast of a 6 to10 percent gas bill reduction for the coming winter season, saidKen Daly, President of National Grid, New York. Some New Yorkersfind themselves in financial need for the first time. As a leaderof the Greater New York civic and business community, it iscritical for National Grid to help neighbors in need keep theirhomes warm and secure with a reliable source of energy thiswinter.