Fuel assistance enrollment event held in Chicopee

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – As we head into the colder months, many people will soon be applying for fuel assistance.

The Valley Opportunity Council hosted a kick-off event in Chicopee on Friday. Residents were able to learn about the agency’s energy assistance program, which helps eligible households pay for their winter heating bills.

The event was from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 35 Mt. Carmel Avenue in Chicopee. Families enjoyed food, entertainment, face painting, raffles, and prizes. The program’s assistant director told 22News the applicants are grateful for the assistance and the agency stands ready to help.

“They’re really excited, that we were able to help them and just very very, it makes us feel good that we’re able to help our community,” said Nicole Baltazar. That’s what the VOC mission is, to really help our community.

You can apply for fuel assistance both in-person and online.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps eligible households pay a portion of their winter heating bills which includes oil, electricity, natural gas, propane, kerosene, wood, and coal.

The Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program, or HEARTWAP, provides heating system repair and replacement services for unsafe heating systems to eligible low-income households on an emergency basis.

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