MILLBURY, Mass. - The Millbury Community Energy Assistance Program is a special program fund that helps some of Millbury's lower income households to get a little help during the coldest time of the winter in heating their homes. The fund was just recently given another $25,000 by the Millbury Savings Bank.
This is a joint program that is run by the Millbury Council of Aging, the Millbury Senior Center as well as being funded by the Millbury Savings Bank, and is administered by Executive Director Judy O'Connor. The program initially had a $350 cap per household for heating oil or natural gas costs, but due to the rising cost of fuel oil, O'Connor and William Walsh, President of the Millbury Savings Bank decided to increase the amount to $400 to cover the cost of at least 100 gallons of heating oil, or $300 for natural gas or electricity paid directly to the energy supplier.
While the program is coordinated through the Millbury Senior Center, it is not limited to senior citizens or Millbury residents. O'Connor said "Mr. Walsh and the Millbury Savings Bank are a very caring group and wonderful neigbhbors in the town. Since the program has started they've donated $180,000 to this" she added.
“Despite the mild winter weather thus far, many families continue to struggle with the high cost of heating their homes,” said William J. Walsh, Millbury Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to continue funding this important program for our friends and neighbors in need.”
Eligible properties include owner-occupied, single-family residences or apartments. Ineligible properties include subsidized housing, multi-family housing producing rental income (even if owner-occupied), and apartments that include heat as part of the rent.
To apply, or to determine if you are eligible, contact the program’s local coordinator, Judith O’Connor, executive director of the Millbury Council on Aging, at the Millbury Senior Center, 1 River Street, (508) 865-9247.