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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

United Way Needs Money

Grey Bruce | by Daryl Morris  

United Way of Bruce Grey has already spent 300 thousand in Winter Warmth Program.

The first half of this winter season will be cold for some, and the United Way of Bruce-Grey is running out of funds to help.

Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn says the Winter Warmth Utility Assistance program isn't something they shut down when the weather is nice.

She says more individuals an families than ever need help to keep up with utility bills year-round.

In 2010, Dobbyn says the United Way spent 70 thousand dollars helping people with bills.

But for 2011, Dobbyn says they've already spent all of the 300 thousand dollars they'd been given to assist people.

Dobbyn says she has no funds right now for oil, propane, or wood heating, and just a little bit for Union Gas and Westario.

She says dollars are running out provincially from Hydro One as well.

Dobbyn says they will see more funding from the regulated utility companies come January 1st, but is worried they won't have enough to get to that point.

And she says they are constantly fundraising for oil, gas and wood heating.

She says you can help out by checking out the Canada Helps website or calling 2-1-1.

There is also a red ribbon campaign going on -- similar to the yellow ribbons -- and they are available for five dollars each at Awesome Blossoms, Douglas Cleaners and Golden Shear.



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