- Bolton Town Hall receives USDA food on the second Tuesday of each month from WHEAT.
- WHEAT Food Pantry (123 High Street, Clinton, MA; 978-365-6349) – Open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Hudson Community Food Pantry (236 Main Street, Hudson, MA; 978-562-5280) – Open Tuesday and Saturday 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and first Thursday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
- Stow Food Pantry (First Parish Church, Route 117, Stow, MA; 978-897-4230) -- Open two Fridays a month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
· Trinity Church’s Good Samaritan Program, which provides assistance in many areas for those in need, can be reached by calling Sherry at 978-779-5517 or John Jorgensen at 978-456-8311 or JS_Jorgensen@yahoo.com.
· First Parish Church has an outreach program. Please call Karen Dorhamer-Fadden at Karen.Dorhamer@hp.com
· The Lions Club is always available to help those in need and may be reached by contacting Dan Tremblay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sheila Chmielowski at the Senior Center, 978-779-3313.
· Rotary Club International has a community program. For the Nashoba Area Rotary, contact Ron Bott at email@example.com.
· Domestic Violence: The DVSN Help Line is 888-399-6111. Use this number also for Child and Elder Abuse. www.dvsn.org.
· Veteran’s Agent: Michelle Marino can be reached at 978-706-1305.
· Town Nurse: Tamara Bedard can be reached at 978-772-3335 ext. 340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Council on Aging: Sheila Chmielowski is the director and can be reached at 978-779-3313. The Senior Outreach Worker can be reached at the same number or emailed at BoltonOutreach@gmail.com.
· Police Department’s nonemergency number is 978-779-2276. In an emergency always call 911.
· Emergency Management Coordinators: To reach Tom Moses call 978-779-2297.
62 Vaughn Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740
- Provides emergency fuel assistance of 100 gallons of oil to Bolton residents over 60 years of age who meet certain income requirements. No waiting.
- Payments made directly to the oil company.
- Also available for a variety of services. Call Terry Abdalian at 978-634-1025 or email her at email@example.com.
473 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Manages the federal and state fuel assistance program (LIHEAP) for North Central Massachusetts, which includes Bolton.
- Available to eligible low income and elderly households, dependant on size and gross annual income. Applications by appointment only must be made before April 30.
- Emergency help is available.
- Regular applications can take a month or more to process.
- Other energy assistance programs for low income households through LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) include heating system repair assistance (HEATWAP), home energy efficiency (WAP), phone, electricity and gas assistance. These are managed by MOC (see page 2).
88 Black Falcon Avenue, Suite 342
Boston, MA 02210
- Accepts applications for heating assistance to eligible households from December through February.
- However in 2008, stopped accepting applications January 19th due to lack of funds.
- Need to get applications in early.
RCAP Solutions at 800-488-1969
205 School Street
Gardner, MA 01440
- RAFT helps families in arrears for rental, mortgage, or utility assistance.
- Requires detailed application, which may take a month or more to process. Call for application or obtain on line at www.rcapsolutions.org.
Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc. (M0C)
133 Prichard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Energy and Environmental services available at 978-342-7025, including weatherization program, heating repair and replacement program, appliance monitoring and replacement program, and moderate-risk deleading program.
- Also helps with elder home repairs and Meals on Wheels. Call 978-345-8501.
- MOC is the designated Community Action Agency serving North Central Massachusetts (including Bolton).
Salvation Army Good Neighbor Energy Fund
739 Water Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
- Available to any eligible Massachusetts resident who, because of temporary financial difficulty, cannot meet a month’s energy expense. Cannot be eligible for state or federal fuel assistance.
- Grant amount per eligible household is $275 per season regardless of amount owed and is paid directly to vendor.
Mass Energy Heating Oil Alliance
670 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02130-2511
- Program for any household, regardless of income, who wants to save on heating and electricity costs. Besides lower prices, Mass Energy provides flexible pricing plans, support for low income families
- In 2006/2007 average savings per gallon was $.24.
- Any household that receives or has applied for fuel assistance can receive a free Mass Energy membership as well. Household will pay whichever price is lower on day of delivery.
- Oil Bank provides help to a limited number of people who have to choose between food and heat.
WHEAT Community Services
123 High Street, Unit #22
Clinton, MA 01510
- Does not provide fuel assistance to those who already are eligible or have received state/federal fuel assistance.
- Serves low to moderate income residents of Bolton (Berlin, Clinton, Lancaster & Sterling) by providing the following services: low/no cost goods, transportation, emergency funding, information and referral and skills development.
- Must meet with intake worker from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. If emergency, open Wednesdays and Thursdays; no one is turned away.
- Community Café offers free hot meals 6 days per week from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Very helpful general resource.
196 Mechanic Street
Leominster, MA 01453
- May have fuel assistance available through Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
- Helpful in directing person to other agencies that may be able to provide assistance.