Vermont Country Store teams up with CVPS to boost Shareheat, kick off annual campaign

first_imgHoping to ensure no one goes cold this winter due to lack of crisis fuel assistance, The Vermont Country Store today committed $17,000 to this year’s CVPS Shareheat campaign.The Vermont Country Store will add $15,000 to Central Vermont Public Service’s $100,000 commitment for the upcoming winter to increase the pool of funds available to match contributions from the public. The Vermont Country Store will also donate $2,000 to Ski For Heat, an annual cross-country ski fundraiser for Shareheat held each winter at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center in Peru.‘Our employees want to make a strong commitment to Shareheat, because it helps their friends and neighbors,’ said Bill Shouldice, President of The Vermont Country Store. ‘The program’s neighbor-helping-neighbor design parallels our own philosophy toward community involvement. It is a fundamental priority of ours to address community needs and help make our communities stronger. Vermont is our home, so we just view this as the right thing to do.’The Vermont Country Store’s commitment is part of CVPS’s Shareheat Business Partnership program, which was created a few years ago to increase the pool of funds available. The company has been a Shareheat Business Partner every year since the program was created, and was the first business to commit to the partnership for the upcoming heating season.‘Vermont Country Store’s donation is a great start in our 2010 campaign,’ CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. ‘We have just begun soliciting other potential partners, so it’s a welcome commitment and obviously a very generous one.’Shareheat was created in 1988 to provide emergency fuel assistance to CVPS customers. CVPS shareholders initially contributed $50,000 per year to the matching pool, though that figure has now increased to $100,000 annually. The funds from CVPS, The Vermont Country Store and other business partners will be used to match contributions from the public, dollar for dollar. The funds are sent to five community action agencies across the state, which pay fuel providers directly in crisis situations.Each donation is directed back to the donor’s community, so the contribution helps people in the same area. Matching dollars are applied on a first-come, first-served basis.Businesses that would like to join the Shareheat Business Partnership Program may call Steve Costello at 747-5427 for more information. Anyone needing crisis fuel assistance should contact their local community action agency.CVPS Shareheat is a program of last resort for over 1,000 Vermont families each year. Funds are available to assist people who face heating emergencies, often because they never expected to need assistance, lost a job, or have exhausted all other available assistance. Contributions should be made payable to the CVPS Shareheat Fund. Donations may be mailed with a CVPS payment, or sent separately to CVPS Shareheat, 77 Grove St., Rutland, VT 05701.Soruce: CVPS. 8.30.2010last_img

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