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Low-Income Fuel Program Begins Friday PDF Print
Written by Ashley Wilson   
Monday, 28 October 2013 17:30

Watauga Crisis Assistance Network’s (WeCAN) Warm Hearts Warm Homes campaign raises money to buy heating fuel for low-income community members in need. Anyone in a low-income home is eligible to request fuel gifts, which are available beginning Friday, Nov. 1.


Hospitality House, which hosts the WeCAN, provides assistance to homeless people. WeCAN works to keep people in their homes by helping offset utility bills, heating bills and evictions. Through partnerships with local energy companies WeCAN provides each client with up to 100 gallons of fuel, an average cost of $420. The program expects to receive many requests on Nov. 1, the first day they are available.


Warm Hearts Warm Homes runs solely on donations from the community and is only able to give out fuel as donations come in. “We depend entirely on the generosity of local churches and members of the community to keep people, not only warm, but in their homes and out of homelessness,” said Graham Doege, the WeCAN Service Coordinator.


With 26% of Watauga County residents living in poverty and another estimated 20% unable to earn a living wage, support from the community is more critical than ever. In 2012, WeCAN had to turn away 75 homes in need of heating assistance, meaning the campaign was $31,500 short of meeting the needs of community members. This year the campaign goal is to raise $135,000 in order to meet the needs of every Watauga County home that requires assistance.


When families are assisted with fuel, WeCAN sends the client information to the energy company, the company delivers the fuel as quickly as possible and WeCAN pays the company directly. Clients must make fuel requests by visiting the Hospitality House between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday and meeting with Doege.


The campaign, which is 100% cash-in, cash-out with no overhead or administration costs, will continue through March of 2014, assuming that contributions keep up with the need. Those interested in giving can donate online or send a check to the Hospitality House made out to WeCAN at P.O. Box 309, Boone, NC 28607.


To give online, visit, click on “Make a Gift”, and select “Give to WeCAN.”


For further information, contact Todd Carter at 828.264.1237 ext. 107 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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