LINCOLN, Maine — The United Way of Eastern Maine has awarded the town’s Heating Fuel Assistance Donation Fund a $2,000 grant to help families endure the winter, town Administrative Assistant Gilberte Mayo said Thursday.
The grant boosts the total program donations to $5,625 so far this winter, Mayo said.
Of the $5,625, so far $4,309 has gone to 12 Lincoln families, or about 29 people, to help them secure about 1,100 gallons of fuel oil, Mayo said.
The grant pushes total funding closer to the $6,163 spent last winter helping 26 local families.
Since then-Town Manager Glenn Aho proposed and the Town Council approved the program in 2006, 98 local families have received home-heating aid, town records show. The busiest year was 2009, when 31 families received $7,470 in home-heating donations through the program.
The donation fund program is designed to supplement federal and state heating assistance programs for Lincoln residents who do not qualify for other aid.
As of Jan. 30, the statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil was $3.71 per gallon, up a penny from last week and 14 cents from the beginning of the year, according to the weekly Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security survey at maine.gov. In northern Maine, the average price was $3.83 per gallon, with highs of $3.85 and lows of $3.75.
Anyone interested in getting aid or making donations can see Mayo at the town office on Main Street. Donations can also be mailed to her care of the Town of Lincoln Heating Fuel Assistance Donation Fund, 63 Main St., 04457. All donations are tax-deductible.