FITCHBURG — Home heating assistance programs seek to ensure that no one’s home goes cold but, in order to provide that assistance, they need help. That’s why a forum is held each year to attract local nonprofit agencies so they can learn about the newest initiatives on all levels of policy.
Unitil and United Way of North Central Massachusetts in partnership with Making Opportunity Count (MOC) will host the energy assistance forum for area nonprofits on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Great Wolf Lodge.
Currently in the 23rd year of the annual forum, local, state and federal heating assistance and energy efficiency initiatives are reviewed for staff members of nonprofit agencies, who then educate their clients on these programs
In addition, there will be a presentation on how utilities plan to upgrade the electrical infrastructure to meet the future energy demand for electric vehicles and heating systems.
“This annual forum has been tremendously helpful over the years in getting the word out that there is both financial and technical help available for the winter heating season,” said Unitil External Affairs Manager Alec O’Meara. “Additionally, we look forward to sharing with local agencies the steps we intend to take to ensure energy needs continue to be met equitably as usage of electric service evolves in the years ahead.”
Nonprofit agencies are being asked to RSVP by Oct. 25 to Lisa Normandin, at email@example.com, who is with the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023 at the Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg.
The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.
Unitil provides electric service to Ashby, Fitchburg, Lunenburg and Townsend, and natural gas service to those communities, as well as Gardner and Westminster.