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Millbury Savings Bank gives $25,000 to fuel fund

For this winter’s 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 low-income residents pay their home energy costs. This brings the bank’s total contributions to the program to $280,000.

“Each winter, many local families struggle to pay home heating costs, and they rely on our program for help,” said Robert J. Morton, Millbury Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer. “Our energy assistance program is just one way Millbury Savings helps our neighbors in need.”

This year, the fund will provide fuel assistance to households in Millbury and Sutton that meet federal guidelines for low-income individuals. For qualifying applicants, Millbury Savings Bank will pay $350 for oil, natural gas, or electric directly to the energy supplier. Last winter, more than 60 local families received assistance.

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 make it even more convenient, this year the program will be administered by both the Millbury and Sutton Senior Centers. To apply, or to determine if you are eligible, contact one of the program’s coordinators:  Judith O’Connor at the Millbury Senior Center, 1 River Street, (508) 865-9247, or Michelle Edelstein at the Sutton Senior Center, 19 Hough Road, (508) 234-0703.

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