YORK, Maine – York Community Service Association is bringing attention to the growing need for fuel assistance to heat homes in the community this winter on Saturday, Dec. 4, during the organization's annual "Out in the Cold" fundraising event.
YCSA Family Services and General Assistance Manager Janie Sweeney and other officials will stand outside of York Town Hall asking people to donate to the fuel assistance program from 9 a.m. until midnight, Sweeney said.
The fundraiser will be held in concurrence with the Festival of Lights, which begins Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. and will consist of marching bands, floats, antique cars, public service organizations, business establishments and much more, according to York Parks and Recreation Department special events coordinator Liz Cooper.
YCSA's intention behind the fundraiser is to raise awareness that although York is often viewed as a wealthy community, a number of families still need assistance.
"We want to bring awareness to folks in town that they have neighbors who are going to bed cold at night because they can't afford to purchase oil or propane to heat their homes," Sweeney said. "It's not an obvious thing in town ... it's kind of an invisible problem."
YSCA provided 63 families with fuel assistance funds generated from the event last year and expects that number to rise this year, Sweeney said. YCSA has already helped out 15 families so far and expects that more families will need the help compared to last year due to inflation, the sharp rise of heating costs and less federal relief programs.
If you're in need of assistance or would like to make a donation, visit York Community Service Association online, email Janie Sweeney at email@example.com or call 207-363-5504.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: York Community Service Association fuel assistance fundraiser Dec. 4