Major Energy Assistance Grant to Provide Relief through Harsh Winter
Contact: Eileen Spath
What: Press Conference –Major Energy Assistance Grant to Provide Relief through Harsh Winter
When: Thursday, January 9, 12:30pm
Where: Pastoral Center, 40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Who: Vincent W. Colonno, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Most Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany
Edward H. White, Jr., Executive Director, National Grid Foundation
National Grid Foundation Meets Needs of Capital Region Residents with Major Energy Assistance Grant
Foundation to present a record $125,000 to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Energy Assistance Fund
ALBANY, NY –January 9, 2020: As temperatures drop, more and more residents in the Greater Capital Region struggle to make ends meet. High heating bills can push a stretched budget over the brink in the cold weather months, and that can quickly be made worse by an unexpected cold snap. Catholic Charities is out there every day trying to assist with all types of hardships. Thanks to this annual grant from the National Grid Foundation, the Emergency Energy Assistance Fund (EEAF) helps local residents in need pay their energy bills, and this grant will help even more Greater Capital Region families get through the bitter winter.
On Thursday, the National Grid Foundation will present a record $125,000 grant to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Energy Assistance Fund (EEAF) to help meet requests for emergency assistance during the winter-spring months. Individuals who received assistance in the past will be on hand to discuss the impact the grant has made on their lives. National Grid Foundation’s fuel-neutral grant support will help an estimated 550+ households in 14 upstate New York counties, including the Greater Capital Region and outlying rural counties.
Catholic Charities is hosting a press conference to announce the grant and to challenge the greater community to help our neighbors who may be struggling this time of year.
This is the twelfth year the National Grid Foundation has provided a significant grant to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany to support families in need of energy assistance.
About National Grid Foundation
National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities. Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation now in its 21st year has granted nearly $27 million to local community organizations.
About Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private social services organizations in the region. Serving 14 counties around the Capital District across some 10,000 square miles, Catholic Charities serves and empowers all persons in need, regardless of race, creed, religion, or lifestyle, as well as advocates for a just society and collaborates with women and men of good will. Last year, more than 89,000 people turned to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany for assistance. Through the generous support of donors and the community, we are able to assist the poor and vulnerable with housing, food, emergency assistance, disabilities services, senior services, and much more.