PLYMOUTH – The Rotary Club of Terryville is seeking monetary donations for the Rotary Club Fuel Fund, which provides heating assistance for local families in need.
The Fuel Fund was established in Feb. 2016 by Jim Klaneski, a former Rotary Club of Terryville member. Since then, it has grown significantly thanks to the support of numerous organizations, businesses and individuals who have contributed donations ranging from $25 to $2,500. The Fund has been able to assist 30 local families since it was created.
“Any Terryville or Plymouth resident that needs assistance with a fuel or water bill can reach out to the Human Services Department for aid,” said Nancy O’Donnell, senior vice president at Thomaston Savings Bank and treasurer of the local Rotary Club.
The Plymouth Human Services Department verifies Fuel Fund recipients. When other heating assistance resources have been exhausted, HRA Case Manager Carrie Tedd at the Plymouth Town Hall will order fuel for the client. Invoices go directly and anonymously to the Rotary Club, which then issues a check to the fuel vendor. Funds can be used for oil, gas and electric heat as well as alternative fuels such as wood, coal or bio-fuels.
“No names or addresses are provided to the Club,” said O’Donnell. “This keeps the recipients anonymous and keeps Rotary out of the business of qualifying people.”
Tedd said that she expects heating assistance applications to double in 2020 and 2021 due to the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Families are struggling financially, either by loss of job or loss of hours,” she said. “So many residents are struggling even putting food on the table, so heating assistance is critical during times like these.”
The Fund accepts donations year-round.
Donations can be mailed to: Rotary Club of Terryville Fuel Fund, P.O. Box 422, Terryville, CT 06786.
Anyone in need of fuel assistance can call Carrie Tedd at 860-585-4028, or visit her office at Town Hall at 80 Main St., Terryville. Town Hall is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. At this time, walk-ins are discouraged, so people are encouraged to call to make an appointment.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Terryville, visit rotarydistrict7890.org/clubinfo/terryville.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org