BOSTON -- Citizen Energy Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II kicked off the 2003-2004 season of the company’s Oil Heat Program today with an oil heat delivery to the home of a South Boston great-grandmother.
“We had a wake-up call from winter this week,” said Kennedy at the Boston Street home of Katherine Fenton. “For many of us, the cold weather is an inconvenience, but for too many of our friends and neighbors, it means months of worrying about staying warm.”
Kennedy pulled up to the Fenton residence in a Viking Oil truck to make a delivery of low-cost heating oil provided by the non-profit Citizens Energy to highlight the opening of the Oil Heat Program. The initiative provides once-a-season deliveries of 175 gallons of heating oil to needy Massachusetts households for half retail price
Fenton, 68, is a life-long Boston resident. She and her late husband, a Korean War veteran, raised six children. “I very much appreciate the help from Citizens Energy,” said Fenton. “Every little bit helps me get through the winter.”
Families interested in receiving a delivery should call 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-563-4645) to complete a brief telephone application. Or they can call their local community action program to apply. Over 400 local heating oil dealers work with Citizens to deliver the fuel. Dealers also authorize deliveries for customers they know have trouble making ends meet during the cold winter months.
“Our program depends on the good-hearted work of our partners in the oil industry and at the community action agencies, said Kennedy. “They simply don’t get enough credit for their hard work and sacrifice to help people in their own communities make it through the winter.”
Kennedy also thanked corporate donors who have made contributions to the MASSCAP/Citizens Energy Oil Heat Fund. Donations allow Citizens Energy to expand its supply of oil and, in cases of great need, cover the household contribution to deliveries. Major contributors include State Street Bank, Global Petroleum, Cognos Corporation, John Hancock, Citizens Bank, Mellon New England, and National Grid.
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution can send a donation to:
MASSCAP/Citizens Energy Oil Heat Fund
105 Chauncey Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
In addition, Kennedy acknowledged the support of local media partners who contribute air time on television and radio for public service announcements and Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising, which donates billboard space to help get out the word about the initiative.