Although it was a mild winter compared to many in the recent past, many Hudson Valley residents wondered if their fuel would last until spring. Then there is Raymond, a senior citizen from Middletown, who dreaded the time when the temps would fall.
“Pat Fayo (Director of Energy Initiatives at United Way) is like a guardian angel to me. I’m going to be 75 this year. Last year in February I had to go without fuel when it was so cold. I was so afraid I’d catch pneumonia and that would be the end.”
He said his other concern was that, “I thought my companions, my two dogs and parrots might die. My neighbors gave me electric blankets and heaters. Pat tried so hard last year, but I made $75 too much to qualify for the Fuel Fund. There was no way I could afford to get fuel and it was so expensive last year.”
“This year Pat called me because the income guidelines changed. I didn’t think I was going to make it this winter until I received the call from the fuel company. They said Pat Fayo from United Way called and that I have fuel. I called her right away and told her ‘thank you, God bless you.’ Honestly, I don’t think I could have made it through another winter like last year. My check comes and it’s gone. When I’m done paying the bills, I have about $5 left. Basic stuff just to run the house has doubled in cost, but my income hasn’t changed. United Way, Orange County, and Pat Fayo really care about people.”
Thanks to the Orange County Fuel Fund, Raymond was able to receive a delivery of propane that lasted him throughout the entire winter.
Did you know…?
This winter, Orange County Government & United Way’s Orange County Fuel Fund Orange County Fuel Fund helped over 372 households afford their heating costs, impacting 811 people. The Fuel Fund contributed almost $55,000 towards heat that your neighbors may not have otherwise been able to afford.