Fuel company, United Way to raise funds to help heat homes

Posted Feb. 22, 2011, at 3:15 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2011, at 2:38 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine heating fuel company and the United Way of Greater Portland are joining forces to help people in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont stay warm through the region’s long, cold winter.

Dead River Co. and United Way officials planned an event Tuesday in Scarborough to announce the “Share the Warmth” plan aimed at raising fuel assistance funds.

The program is hoping to raise money from individuals and businesses by check or through the company’s website www.deadriver.com/share-the-warmth. Dead River will match each dollar collected up to $100,000.

The United Way will distribute the aid to agencies that provide fuel assistance in the three states.

It’s estimated that one in 10 households needs heating assistance to stay warm during the winter.