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Adopt a Family and HEAT a Home
Many of our neighbors are struggling to stay warm during the winter season. In response, United Way of St. Joseph County's Team HEAT helps families pay their heating bills, learn about budgeting and get the support they need.
The approximate projection for how many people in St. Joseph County are in need of heating assistance this winter is 8,000 households, however, United Way's Team HEAT can only help 200 households unless those in our community adopt families through Team HEAT. As of November 1st, there were 28 households on the waiting list.
For a donation of $300 or $60 per month (November—March)
- A $50 match each month on their first $50 paid towards their heating bill
- Monthly meetings with a Case Coordinator to work on a plan of action
- A financial/budgeting class and the invitation to work with an ongoing financial fitness program
This is a great way for individuals or local businesses to give a holiday gift that our local families truly need.
Team HEAT recipients are St. Joseph County residents that are at or below 250% of poverty. Donations will help a family on Team HEAT's waiting list.
Those interested can donate by writing a check to "United Way of St. Joseph County" with "Team HEAT" in the memo line, sending it to "United Way of St. Joseph County, Team HEAT, 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615." Donors are requested to include their contact information if they intend to pledge monthly.
To get on the Team HEAT assistance waiting list, those in need can call United Way 2-1-1 to see if they qualify and to register through the CAN (Community Access Network)* database.
Questions? Contact Dawn Chapla or Laura Stringfellow at 574-232-8201, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Community Access Network (CAN) is an initiative of United Way of St. Joseph County’s Pro$perity Building Campaign. Through the Pro$perity Building Campaign, United Way is working to meet basic needs, build family support systems, increase income, build savings, and gain and sustain assets.
United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents have access to the building blocks to a better life: education, income and health. For more information about United Way of St. Joseph County, visit www.uwsjc.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @uwstjoecounty.
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