United Way’s Winter Assistance Fund

The unpredictability of Indiana weather is on full display this week.

Record low temperatures have gripped our region, even though we are weeks away from the official start of winter. We Hoosiers like to joke that the first snowfall of the season causes a scramble for bread, eggs and milk and long lines at the grocery.

But for thousands of people in our community, the extreme cold and snowy conditions are no laughing matter.

Long winter months mean drastic increases of heat and electricity bills for families and individuals who are already struggling to afford the basics to survive. These households are being forced to make tough decisions just to keep the lights on and stay warm.

That’s why United Way administers the Winter Assistance Fund (WAF), an option for those who struggle to afford high heat and electricity bills, but who fall just above the qualifications for the federal Energy Assistance Program (EAP).

To confirm your eligibility or apply for WAF, dial 211 to find out where you can make an appointment.

WAF is funded by tax deductible donations from generous community members like you. From January to April, or as long as funding is available, United Way can serve Marion County residents during the time our region experiences its lowest temperatures.

While we can’t predict the weather in Indiana, we can guarantee you’ll make a difference in someone’s life by donating to the Winter Assistance Fund through United Way. The gift of warmth means so much to these families this season – thank you!


Donate to the Winter Assistance Fund Today