Help us Share the Warmth this hol­i­day sea­son

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

Ch­ester County is a great place to live and work, yet many in our com­mu­nity strug­gle to get by.

Limited per­sonal and fi­nan­cial re­sources are hav­ing a di­rect im­pact on the con­di­tions of homes, re­sult­ing in se­vere phys­i­cal and fi­nan­cial hard­ships.

Since 2007, the Daily Lo­cal News and the United Way of Ch­ester County have part­nered on a hol­i­day giv­ing ini­tia­tive that sup­ports the United Way Share the Warmth Pro­gram.

From Thanks­giv­ing Day to Christ­mas Day, gen­er­ous read­ers can make do­na­tions to the cause. Since its in­cep­tion, the Share the Warmth Pro­gram has pro­vided 456 Ch­ester County fam­i­lies with over $815,000 in home re­pairs and win­ter­i­za­tion projects.

Homes are plagued with prob­lems such as poor in­su­la­tion, bro­ken or in­ef­fi­cient heat­ing sys­tems, poorly sealed win­dows, in­op­er­a­ble hot wa­ter heaters, non­func­tional wa­ter pipes, leaky roofs and more.

Many home­own­ers live pay­check to pay­check and are forced to spend a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of their in­come on en­ergy bills and other emer­gency hous­ing is­sues.

These chal­lenges are com­pounded dur­ing the win­ter months with fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als striv­ing to stay safe and warm.

Share the Warmth pro­vides peo­ple in Ch­ester County long-term fixes through ma­jor home re­pairs and win­ter­i­za­tion projects and short-term so­lu­tions for

those fac­ing home­less­ness or inad­e­quate shel­ter. This work of­ten means that fam­i­lies can stay in their own homes – warm, safe and dry – and those af­fected by the el­e­ments of win­ter are pro­tected.

This year, in ad­di­tion to rais­ing funds for longterm win­ter­i­za­tion and re­pair projects, United Way of Ch­ester County will pro­vide sup­port to part­ner agen­cies that ad­dress the im­me­di­ate needs of those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing

home­less­ness or lack­ing ad­e­quate hous­ing dur­ing the cold win­ter months. The funds will sup­port ho­tel vouch­ers to peo­ple awaiting a shel­ter bed, heat­ing as­sis­tance or other emer­gency needs re­lated to inad­e­quate hous­ing.

Con­tri­bu­tions in any amount are wel­come and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Please make checks payable to United Way of Ch­ester County and send to 211 N. Wal­nut St., West Ch­ester, PA, 19380, Attn: SHARE THE WARMTH. Read­ers can also do­nate se­curely on­line at www.Give­

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