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SCI Looking to Match Funds to Help Local Resident with Emergency Fuel Assistance

SCI helped heat a local resident's home who had been out of fuel for 3 days and had run out of fuel assistance funds by securing a matching donation from a local oil company.

Typically, Social Capital Inc. doesn't get involved with matters of fuel assistance, but due to the recent cold weather and the apparent lack of emergency fuel assistance funds, we decided to do anything we could to help a local resident in desparate need.

She had recently run out of funding through the Tri-Cap program and had been out of oil for three days. Unable to locate any emergency fuel assistance funds, she contacted Social Capital Inc. to see if we knew of any local resources that might be able to help her.

We contacted as many organizations that we could find and were also unable to locate any available funding. We then decided it might be best to see if we could raise the amount needed to fill this resident's tank, while contacting local oil companies to see if they would be willing to match the funds.

After contacting Stoneham Fuel, the oil company that typically delivers fuel to this resident's home through Tri-Cap funds, they agreed to get a truck to this resident's home immediately as long as we were able to match the funds.

The oil company explained if you go three days without heating your home in this weather, your pipes are at risk of bursting and it could cause severe damage to the home. We were also told that there were numerous other residents in the area in the same position as this woman, out of fuel assistance and living in a home with no heat.

Social Capital Inc. is extremely grateful for Stoneham Fuel for stepping up to solve an immediate need. We now need to raise a total of $199.95 in 10 days to match the donation from Stoneham Fuel. If anyone would like to donate to this cause, you can make a check out to Social Capital Inc.and mail it to:

SCI
165M New Boston St., Suite #233
Woburn, MA 01801

In the memo section of your check, please write "Fuel Assistance." 

If you would like to pay by credit card, please use the following link:
http://socialcapitalinc.org/donations-gcheckout

Funds received over and above $199.95 will be set aside for future Woburn resident emergency needs such as fuel assistance.

In the coming days, we will be working on a local community solution to address issues like this when there is an immediate crisis and emergency funding is scarce or non-existant. Stay tuned for details on that!

If you have any questions about how you can help, please contact Candice McLaughlin at (781) 935-2244 or cmclaughlin@socialcapitalinc.org

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