PORTLAND, Maine (1/30/12)--Maine's credit unions have collectively contributed $30,000 to the "Keep ME Warm" program in response to an urgent need to help offset cuts to the federal low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), said the Maine Credit Union League.
The program is a collaboration of the 20 United Way and Community Action Programs in Maine.
The contribution will purchase nearly 9,000 gallons of fuel for families statewide. John Murphy, league president, who presented the check on behalf of Maine's credit unions, praised the willingness of Maine's credit unions to come together in a cooperative effort (Weekly Update Jan. 27).
"Credit unions are located across Maine and have members in every community," Murphy said. "To credit unions, helping members goes far beyond just providing financial services, it means so much more. The opportunity to help families in communities throughout Maine heat their homes speaks directly to what credit unions are all about."
Murphy said credit unions suggested contributing because they wanted to do something as a group. "The contribution came together in less than 72 hours," he added.