YORK, Maine – The York Community Service Association calls attention to the growing need for fuel assistance to heat community homes this winter on Saturday, December 4, during the annual ‘Out in the Cold ”of the organization.
Janie Sweeney, Director of Family Services and General Assistance at YCSA, and other officials will stand outside York City Hall to ask people to donate to the 9 hours to midnight, Sweeney said.
The fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the Festival of Lights, which will begin on Saturday, December 4 at 4:30 p.m. and will include marching bands, floats, vintage cars, public service organizations, commercial establishments and much more, according to Liz Cooper, special events coordinator for the York Parks and Recreation Department.
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The intention of YCSA behind the fundraiser is to raise awareness that although York is often seen as a wealthy community, a number of families still need help.
“We want to educate the people of the city that they have neighbors who go to bed cold at night because they can’t afford to buy fuel oil or propane to heat their homes,” Sweeney said. . “It’s not an obvious thing in town… it’s some kind of invisible problem.”
The YSCA provided 63 families with fuel assistance funds generated by the event last year and expects that number to increase this year, Sweeney said. YCSA has already helped 15 families so far and expects more families to need it compared to last year due to inflation, steep increases in heating costs and fewer programs federal aid.
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