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Donations give boost to Marion Co. winter assistance fund

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Donations have pushed the 2013 Winter Assistance Fund closer to its goal.

Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana kicked off the fundraising drive Thursday by accepting $265,000 from five donors, putting the fund within $85,000 of its $350,000 goal.

The contributions mean the fund has reached 76 percent of its goal. They include:

  • $100,000 from Citizens Energy Group
  • $65,000 from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • $50,000 from Indianapolis Power & Light
  • $30,000 from The Indianapolis Foundation
  • $20,000 from the James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women

“The Winter Assistance Fund is one of Indianapolis’ great collaborative traditions supporting our community’s needs,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “I want to express our gratitude to these generous organizations for their phenomenal contributions. All of our successes as a city come from great partnering such as this.”

The United Way said help with utility bills remains a top need in the winter time.

“Helping people stay in their homes and warm is not only the humane thing,” said Christie Gillespie, director of agency services for United Way. “It also is a ‘must’ to avoiding homelessness and its downward spiral.”

The Winter Assistance Fund is for Marion County residents whose aren’t eligible for government energy assistance but still need help with their heating bills. Last year, the fund helped more than 2,700 people. Residents can dial 211 to find the nearest office accepting applications.

Those interested in donating to the fund will receive accompanying donation envelopes with their gas and electric bills. Donations are tax deductible. They can also be made online or mailed to:

United Way of Central Indiana
Winter Assistance Fund
P.O. Box 660054
Indianapolis, IN, 46266-0054