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Welcome

Providing warmth for our neighbors.

It’s important our loved ones, friends, and neighbors have a place to turn when the unexpected happens. For more than 30 years, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund has provided assistance to Rhode Island households who are unable to meet a current energy expense due to financial difficulty.

Of course, every year presents its challenges to give warmth to all our neighbors in need — this year is no different. The Fund counts on the generosity of Rhode Islanders to help local families get through tough times. 

Many people give during the winter months, when our annual "Warm Thy Neighbor" campaign is in full swing, but gifts are appreciated all year long.

Working together for Rhode Island families.

Through a cooperative effort between sponsoring energy companies, United Way of Rhode Island, the business community, and the people of Rhode Island, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund has assisted more than 45,500 families since its inception in 1986.

The Fund was founded by local energy companies who recognized the generosity of their customers with various giving programs. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund's 2018-19 sponsors include:

Need Energy Assistance?

Rhode Islanders who need assistance from the Fund should visit their local Community Action Program (CAP) agency. CAP agencies use the guidelines found below to determine qualification. If you are unsure of the CAP agency nearest you, please call the United Way of Rhode Island 2-1-1 call center by dialing 2-1-1, or visit us online.

Guidelines

  • The client must provide documentation showing financial hardship.
  • Client must provide copies of their photo ID, proof of income, proof of household members, and current heat-related utility bill.
  • Clients cannot receive GNEF assistance for more than one of the following energy sources: electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, wood, or wood byproducts.
  • Any household that did not receive assistance last campaign year is eligible to receive assistance this campaign year, as long as they meet all financial eligibility guidelines.
  • Households that received GNEF assistance last campaign year must demonstrate an extenuating financial hardship to receive assistance this campaign year.
  • GNEF makes payments directly to the utility company.

2018 Eligibility Amounts

Rhode Islanders are eligible for support if their household income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level.

2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Household Size

Annual Income Limit

1

$36,420

2

$49,380

3

$62,340

4

$75,300

5

$88,260

6

$101,220

7

$114,180

8

$127,140

Maximum GNEF grant for clients not receiving LIHEAP

Maximum grant for clients who are receiving LIHEAP.

Electricity

$ 600

Natural Gas

$ 500

Oil

$ 650

Propane

$ 650

Wood/Wood Byproducts

$ 650

Kerosene

$ 600

Maximum GNEF grant for clients receiving LIHEAP

Electricity

$ 300

Natural Gas

$ 250

Oil

$ 325

Propane

$ 325

Wood/Wood Byproducts

$ 325

Kerosene

$ 300

How To Give

Local households in crisis need your help more than ever. You can give warmth to a family in need, possibly in your own neighborhood. Please make a difference in the lives of people in your community by making a gift today. 

Now it's even easier to be charitable with four convenient ways to give:

  1. Click the blue "Donate Today" button below.
  2. Send a check, payable to "Good Neighbor Energy Fund," in the yellow donation envelope enclosed with your utility bill. 
  3. Send a check to United Way of Rhode Island, 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909. 
  4. Text WARM to 91999 to have a debit/credit card donation form sent to your phone.

For more information, please contact UWRI by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, or by visiting us at uwri.org.

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Fund Facts

  • The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to any Rhode Islander who, because of financial difficulty, needs assistance paying a current energy expense and meets eligibility guidelines.
  • Since 1986, the Fund has helped 45,500 Rhode Island households stay warm by raising over $14.2 million.
  • The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is administered by United Way of Rhode Island.

  • Donations come from the general public, businesses, and local community organizations.
  • Sponsoring electric, gas, and oil companies support their customers' generosity through various giving programs.
  • Contributions to the Fund qualify as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt donations.
  • The fundraising goal for the 2018-19 "Warm Thy Neighbor" campaign is $350,000.

Community Stories

Who Needs Assistance?

There are thousands of people in the Ocean State struggling to pay an energy expense. They're not strangers, but are often family members, friends, co-workers, and people you know in the community.

Here are three stories in which the Good Neighbor Energy Fund helped Rhode Islanders get through tough times in their lives.

A Warm Recovery

A family, living on the East Side of Providence, struggles to overcome hardship after tragedy strikes. 

A Warm Recovery

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A Hand Up

A young mother, working hard to give her children the life she never knew, fights to get back to her feet.

A Hand Up

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Finding Courage

After 60 years of marriage, an elderly Newport couple finds courage while being victimized by their own son.

Finding Courage

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Thank you for helping to "Warm Thy Neighbor."