BY STACI WILSON
More households looked to Susquehanna County Interfaith this past winter to help them purchase fuel for home heating. The long, cold winter coupled with the high cost of home heating fuels made it difficult for some area families to pay for energy.
Interfaith director Rachel Pratt said about 166 households participated in the program, jumping the program about $12,000 above budget – a larger than expected hike.
Chesapeake Energy donated $4,000 to the not-for-profit’s fuel assistance program, a sum Pratt described as “a big help.”
Jane Clements, of Chesapeake, said she had spoken with Pratt about Interfaith’s programs and needs and it was determined a donation to the fuel program would be the most beneficial.
Clements said, “Chesapeake looks to organizations that impact the most people; where donations can make the biggest impact and be of the most help.”
Pratt said households requesting fuel assistance typically receive $100-$200, so the Chesapeake donation could help the agency provide funds for up to 40 families.
In the past two years, Clements said Chesapeake has donated nearly $2 million to local community groups.