Keep ME Warm provides emergency heating assistance through a statewide partnership of Maine’s United Ways and Community Action Agencies. Donations are distributed through a formula based on federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) percentages and population, and are used to assist individuals directly, or designated to local organizations that provide emergency fuel assistance, including faith-based programs and nonprofit agencies.Keep ME Warm is the only statewide fuel assistance fundraising effort in the state of Maine.
The need for heating assistance in Maine has increased significantly in the last few years, driven by high heating oil prices and decreased federal funding, combined with changes to federal guidelines that have made over 4,000 Mainers ineligible for LIHEAP. For those receiving assistance, the average heating benefit fell almost 40% last winter, from $802 to $483. Thousands of Mainers are faced with choosing between heating their homes and basic needs like food and medicine.
Thank you for helping to make the winter warmer and safer for Maine families. Click here to donate now.
Do you or someone you know need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211maine.org for information on heating assistance and weatherization services near you. 2-1-1 Maine is a statewide health and human services information and referral service created by the United Ways of Maine, in partnership with The Opportunity Alliance and the State of Maine.