LEICESTER, Mass. — With temperatures set to drop again in the area, Leicester residents who need help heating their homes now can turn to Joe-4-Oil, as well as Leicester's Hearts For Heat.
Though getting a late start this season, The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program officially is up and running again.
Started in 1979, the program delivers discount home heating oil to poor and elderly households in Massachusetts.
To apply to the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program, residents are encouraged to call 1-877-JOE-4-OIL.
Additionally, Leicester's Chapter of Hearts For Heat continues to work to keep the community warm.
Started by resident Deborah Antanavica, Hearts for Heat provided 3,769 gallons of fuel for heat in Leicester last year.
To get the organization through its 2012-2013 season, Hearts for Heat has relied on grants, donations and fundraisers in the community.
Last weekend, the Sons of the American Legion organized a fishing derby to support the organization, and from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 15, there will be a wine and beer tasting hosted at the Spencer Country Inn to raise money for the program.
To learn more about the Leicester chapter of Hearts for Heat, or its other chapters in Princeton, North Brookfield and Spencer, visit the group’s website.