SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power

December 17, 2010 17:32 ET

Green Mountain Power Donates $82,000 to WARMTH This Year

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - December 17, 2010) - Green Mountain Power will help to keep the heat on this winter for Vermont households in crisis through its $82,000 contribution to the WARMTH Support Program. 

"Many elderly and disabled Vermonters and households with young children are making hard choices as they try to meet their basic needs this winter. We want to be sure that we are doing all we can to help reduce the burden on the most vulnerable members of our community," said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. "We encourage anyone in a position to do so to join us in protecting our friends and neighbors who may be struggling to stay warm."

As it has in past years, Green Mountain Power matches customer contributions to the fund, which assists eligible households that have exhausted other sources of help. This year, Green Mountain Power's donation included an $18,000 match of donations made by its customers. One of these customers, Union Mutual of Vermont, contributed $5,000. By the end of 2010, total donations from GMP and its customers will have exceeded $100,000.

Peggy Treanor, director of Chittenden Community Action, says that funds donated by Green Mountain Power and its customers assisted at least 1,300 households in 2010. "The contributions are even more important this winter, because federal fuel assistance funds have been reduced, and we anticipate running out before the cold weather ends. WARMTH funds are an important safety network for families affected by unemployment, illness, or unexpected expenses for a car repair."

Green Mountain Power was one of the founders of the WARMTH Support Program, which uses funds donated by concerned Vermonters to help limited-income families pay their heating costs. Funds are administered through the state's five Community Actions Agencies, and are paid directly to the fuel dealer or utility on behalf of households running out of fuel or facing disconnection.

Green Mountain Power customers can contribute to the WARMTH fund by sending a one-time check or choosing to have a specific amount added to their monthly utility bill as a donation. Customers can also opt to have the utility round up their bill to the next highest dollar, with the extra money sent to WARMTH. Green Mountain Power matches all donations received this way, and a customer can notify the company to discontinue this contribution at any time. Because the participating utilities also cover the cost of program administration, 100 percent of every dollar donated by a customer goes directly to help a family in need.

Customers who believe they may be eligible for assistance through the WARMTH program should contact their local Community Action Agency, or dial 2-1-1 for confidential information and referral to community resources.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.