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Millbury Savings commits $25,000 to fuel assistance fund.

In time for this winterís home heating season, Millbury Savings Bank has contributed another $25,000 to its Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund the bank established in 2005 to help eligible residents pay their home heating costs. This brings the bankís total contributions to the program to $180,000.

"Despite the mild winter weather thus far, many families continue to struggle with the high cost of heating their homes," said William J. Walsh, Millbury Savings Bankís president and chief executive officer. "Weíre pleased to continue funding this important program for our friends and neighbors in need."

The fund provides fuel assistance to households in the bankís lending area that meet federal guidelines for low-income individuals. For qualifying applicants, Millbury Savings Bank will pay up to $400 for oil and up to $300 for natural gas or electric directly to the energy supplier. While the program is coordinated through the Millbury Senior Center, it is not limited to senior citizens or Millbury residents.

Eligible properties include owner-occupied, single-family residences or apartments. Ineligible properties include subsidized housing, multi-family housing producing rental income (even if owner-occupied), and apartments that include heat as part of the rent.

To apply, or to determine if you are eligible, contact the programís local coordinator, Judith OíConnor, executive director of the Millbury Council on Aging, at the Millbury Senior Center, 1 River Street, (508) 865-9247.