ELLSWORTH — The parishioners of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church recently presented a check for $3,400 to Washington Hancock Community Agency to be equally divided for the benefit of the Heating and Warmth (THAW) fund and the Everybody Eats! Weekend School Backpack meal program.
The money for this gift was raised at the church’s holiday food and fine crafts fair.
The THAW fund was created by WHCA to provide emergency home energy assistance to families in Washington and Hancock counties when all other options have been exhausted. Relying completely on donations from the community, THAW funds are unrestricted by federal and state regulations, unlike Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LiHEAP) and other programs.
Last winter, the THAW fund was able to help nearly 350 local households with their home energy emergencies, including purchasing fuel, repairing furnaces and paying utility bills.
Everybody Eats! is a program that provides free meals to the community every Monday from 3-6 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s, and has recently expanded its fight against hunger through the new Weekend School Backpack meal program.
Participating students in Ellsworth receive a backpack filled with healthy, nutritious meals to carry them through the weekend.
For more information about WHCA and the programs it offers, contact Joe Perkins at 610-5910 or by email at [email protected]