HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn. The program is funded in part by Salvation Army donors and customers of local utility companies (donate online). Funds are typically used to pay for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs.
HeatShare is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers. In communities where HeatShare funding isn’t available, other Salvation Army partners may have resources. Call 1-800-842-7279 to find the assistance available in your area.
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How can I donate?
Simply click here to donate now. You can also call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) and designate your donation to “HeatShare” or make a donation on your monthly utility bill. All donations are tax-deductible.
Who uses HeatShare?
Disabled people unable to maintain a steady income
Anybody experiencing an unexpected financial emergency
How do I know if I qualify for assistance?
HeatShare is unlike other heat assistance programs because it’s based almost exclusively on need. Though families must first prove they’ve been denied county or other assistance, their eligibility for HeatShare is then determined by only two factors – need and available HeatShare funding.
How is HeatShare funded?
Financial support comes from utility customers and people like you who give online to Salvation Army HeatShare or via their monthly utility bills (most statements include a HeatShare donation option). Additional support comes from local utility companies and other organizations.
What is HeatShare’s impact?
The program has provided more than $32 million worth of assistance since 1982. In 2012, more than 4,200 households received an average of $370 to keep their homes warm.
What else does HeatShare provide?
Energy conservation education
Budget and family counseling
Social services information and referrals
What is HeatShare’s budget?
Nearly $1.5 million a year. But that still isn’t enough. Year after year, requests for assistance are typically greater than the available resources. In 2012, nearly 40,000 households requested HeatShare assistance but only 4,242 received it.
Why do some many people need HeatShare?
HeatShare is a last resort for people who’ve exhausted all other private and government assistance programs. Although HeatShare does not receive government funding, the amount of government funds available for other heating assistance programs directly impacts HeatShare. When funding for these other programs runs out, more people need HeatShare.
Which companies and organizations support HeatShare?
Among others, CenterPoint Energy, Xcel Energy, MERC, Minnesota Power, Rural Electric Associations of Minnesota, Minnesota Municipal Utilities, Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association, Duluth ComfortSystems and Minnesota Active Retirees.
The Salvation Army Northern Division has been serving people in need in Minnesota and North Dakota for more than 125 years. We provide basic needs assistance, housing, youth services, rehabilitation, disaster relief, counseling and more.
The Northern Division is part of The Salvation Army International organization, which is dedicated to serving in Christ's name without discrimination. Whether you need help or want to make a difference for others, let us be your starting point.