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NOVEC offers ‘help for heat’ as winter approaches; apply for energy assistance through Nov. 10

Winter is coming. So is the need for home heating. To provide heating assistance to low-income people in the region, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative asks area residents to contribute to NOVEC’s Operation Round-Up® (ORU) program. 

NOVEC reminds people who need assistance to enroll in the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Fuel Assistance program by Friday, Nov. 10.

“We had a mild winter last year, but many weather forecasters are predicting a colder one this year,” Cindy Fithian, NOVEC public and government relations liaison, was quoted as saying in a news release. “We want everyone to stay warm when winter winds arrive. That’s why we’re asking Co-op customer-owners who can spare just a few dollars a year to let NOVEC round up their monthly electric bills. Even non-NOVEC customers can contribute. It’s an easy, tax-deductible way to provide help for heat.

ORU helps qualified recipients pay for home heating with money donated by NOVEC customers and area residents. Customers donate by allowing NOVEC to round up their monthly utility bills to the nearest dollar. The extra cents go into the ORU fund. Each participant donates approximately $6 a year. NOVEC customers may sign up with ORU at http://www.novec.com/oru or by calling Customer Service Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

Anyone may donate by sending a check in any amount, payable to NOVEC Operation Round Up, and mailed to: NOVEC ORU, P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, VA 20108.

NOVEC absorbs all administration costs, so 100 percent of all donations go into the fund.

After receiving donations, the ORU board, composed of NOVEC customer-owners, sends donations to:

The Salvation Army in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Fauquier County
Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), Prince William County
SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service,  Prince William County
SERVE, Inc., Stafford County
These organizations distribute funds to low-income people who qualify for assistance.

The Virginia Department of Social Services will accept applications for fuel assistance in its Energy Assistance Program through Friday, Nov. 10. The program helps low-income people pay for home heating, whether from electricity, natural gas, liquid propane, oil, kerosene, or wood.

For more information and an application, visit http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/index.cgi  .

About NOVEC

NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit corporation that distributes electricity and energy services to more than 166,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton. It is one of the largest electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia and in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.novec.com or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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