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Now in its 28th year, the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund has provided energy assistance to hundreds-of-thousands of residents in temporary crisis who are struggling to pay their energy bills and do not qualify for federal or state energy funds.
"This Fund really helps the people who might otherwise not be served, mainly the working poor of Massachusetts," says Major David E. Kelly, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army which administers the Fund. "Without assistance from the GNEF, many of the people we serve wouldn't be able to make their monthly utility payments."
A cooperative effort between sponsoring Massachusetts energy companies, The Salvation Army and caring neighbors throughout the Commonwealth, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund has raised over 18.3 million and assisted nearly 80,450 households with a month's energy expense since its inception in 1985.
Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund 2012-2013 Sponsor Energy Companies:
Ashburnham Municipal Light • Atlas Glen-mor • Belmont Municipal Light • Berkshire Gas • Braintree Electric Light • Columbia Gas of Massachusetts • Concord Municipal Light Plant • Groton Electric Light
Holyoke Gas & Electric • Littleton Electric Light • Mansfield Municipal Electric • Massachusetts Oilheat Council • Merrimac Light & Water Department • Middleborough Gas & Electric • NSTAR • National Grid • New England Gas Company • North Attleborough Electric • Reading Municipal Light • Rowley Municipal Lighting Plant • Unitil/Fitchburg Gas & Electric • Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light • Wellesley Municipal Light Plant • Western Massachusetts Electric • Westfield Gas & Electric