Snow Angels. During winter, it can be very difficult for seniors and residents with disabilities to clear driveways and walkways after a big storm. It can also be dangerous if they don’t. Often there are not friends or family nearby to help. Therefore, the Snow Angels program was begun last year with the help of the Town of Bolton, COA, Bolton Lions Club, Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and FOBS. Its goal is to minimize the hardships of winter for those who may not have the ability or resources to remove snow themselves. The program includes:
- The delivery of sand at the beginning of the winter season
- Pairing of volunteers with elderly or disabled residents to assist with snow removal
- Clearing driveway entrances after street widening
To be matched with a Snow Angel and receive assistance, residents must have a physical disability or be age 60 or older. In addition, residents must lack alternative snow removal resources and reside within Bolton. Please contact Lisa D’Eon, Outreach Worker at 978-779-3314 if you are interested in this program or know someone who would benefit.
Fuel Assistance. The Town of Bolton and FOBS provide 100 gallons of fuel oil for qualified seniors at no cost. Please call Lisa D’Eon at 978-779-3314 if you need help or know someone who does.
You may also be eligible to participate in the federally funded fuel assistance program managed by New England Farm Workers Council. Applications can be completed any time from now through April 30, 2016. Eligibility is determined on the basis of a household’s gross income (before deductions) and size. Income guidelines for this winter are listed below. Please contact Lisa D’Eon (978-779-3314) for assistance.
New England Farm Workers Council (NEFWC)
473 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Manages the federal and state fuel assistance program (LIHEAP) for North Central Massachusetts, which includes Bolton.
- Available to eligible low income and elderly households, dependant on size and gross annual income. Applications by appointment only must be made before April 30.
- Emergency help is available.
- Regular applications can take a month or more to process.
- Other energy assistance programs for low income households through LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) include heating system repair assistance (HEATWAP), home energy efficiency (WAP), phone, electricity and gas assistance. These are managed by MOC (see page 2).
Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program (“Joe for Oil”)
88 Black Falcon Avenue, Suite 342
Boston, MA 02210
- Accepts applications for heating assistance to eligible households from December through February.
- For seniors who get federal fuel assistance, FOBS (see above) can help with your application.
- Need to get applications in early.
Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)
RCAP Solutions at 800-488-1969
205 School Street
Gardner, MA 01440
- RAFT helps families in arrears for rental, mortgage, or utility assistance.
- Requires detailed application, which may take a month or more to process. Call for application or obtain on line at www.rcapsolutions.org.
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. (M0C)
133 Prichard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Energy and Environmental services available at 978-342-7025, including weatherization program, heating repair and replacement program, appliance monitoring and replacement program, and moderate-risk deleading program.
- Also helps with elder home repairs and Meals on Wheels. Call 978-345-8501.
- MOC is the designated Community Action Agency serving North Central Massachusetts (including Bolton).
Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund
739 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Available to any eligible Massachusetts resident who, because of temporary financial difficulty, cannot meet a month’s energy expense. Cannot be eligible for state or federal fuel assistance.
- Grant amount per eligible household is $275 per season regardless of amount owed and is paid directly to vendor.
Mass Energy Heating Oil Alliance
670 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130-2511
- Program for any household, regardless of income, who wants to save on heating and electricity costs. Besides lower prices, Mass Energy provides flexible pricing plans, support for low income families
- In 2006/2007 average savings per gallon was $.24.
- Any household that receives or has applied for fuel assistance can receive a free Mass Energy membership as well. Household will pay whichever price is lower on day of delivery.
- Oil Bank provides help to a limited number of people who have to choose between food and heat.
WHEAT Community Services
123 High Street, Unit #22
Clinton, MA 01510
- Does not provide fuel assistance to those who already are eligible or have received state/federal fuel assistance.
- Serves low to moderate income residents of Bolton (Berlin, Clinton, Lancaster & Sterling) by providing the following services: low/no cost goods, transportation, emergency funding, information and referral and skills development.
- Must meet with intake worker from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. If emergency, open Wednesdays and Thursdays; no one is turned away.
- Community Café offers free hot meals 6 days per week from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Very helpful general resource.
196 Mechanic Street
Leominster, MA 01453
- May have fuel assistance available through Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
- Helpful in directing person to other agencies that may be able to provide assistance.
- Trinity Church’s Good Samaritan Program, which provides assistance in many areas for those in need, can be reached by calling Sherry at 978-779-5517 or John Jorgensen at 978-456-8311 or JS_Jorgensen@yahoo.com.
- First Parish Church has an outreach program. Please call Karen Dorhamer-Fadden at Karen.Dorhamer@hp.com
- The Lions Club is always available to help those in need and may be reached by contacting Sheila Chmielowski at the Senior Center, 978-779-3313.
- Rotary Club International has a community program. For the Nashoba Area Rotary, contact Ron Bott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Domestic Violence: The DVSN Help Line is 888-399-6111. Use this number also for Child and Elder Abuse.
- Veteran’s Agent, Tom Cabral, can be reached at 978-838-2442.
- Town Nurse: Tamara Bedard can be reached at 978-772-3335 ext. 340 or email@example.com.
- Council on Aging: Sheila Chmielowski is the director and can be reached at 978-779-3313. The Senior Outreach Worker can be reached at the same number or emailed at BoltonOutreach@gmail.com.
- Police Department’s nonemergency number is 978-779-2276. In an emergency always call 911.
- Emergency Management Coordinators: To reach Tom Moses call 978-779-2297.