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Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund

Currently, there are more than 177,000 Long Islanders living below the poverty line. Project Warmth’s Emergency Fuel Fund can make a significant difference for families in our region. As Long Island’s only non-government, island-wide emergency fuel fund, Project Warmth is a safety net for individuals and families who are unable to pay their heating bill. This program provides one-time grants to provide payments to oil and utility companies on behalf of eligible residents facing heating emergencies.For the hundreds of families we help each year, assistance with an oil delivery or utility arrears means they have room in their budgets to cover a prescription bill or even buy food.


Project Warmth has closed for the season, and will be re-opening on December 4. If you or someone you know needs emergency heating assistance, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island Information and Referral center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm or Sunday 12 - 4 pm. A call specialist will refer you to a local application site. Visit the online database at, keyword “Project Warmth." 


I’m a single man raising two grandchildren on my own. I became disabled after an accident at work. My monthly income suffered because I was receiving disability insurance, which was much less than my work pay. Unfortunately, my mortgage and utility bills got behind. How was I going to do it all? I received a flyer about United Way of Long Island’s Project Warmth. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I never needed help before and had some trepidations asking United Way for assistance. Thinking about my grandchildren with no heat in the house motivated me to call. A Project Warmth representative moved quickly to make sure I would not lose heat in my home during the dead of winter. Thank you United Way; thank you Project Warmth. I will be forever grateful.”– Story contributed by Choice For All



For 20 years, United Way of Long Island has helped area residents in need of home heating to keep warm by joining hands with individual donors, nonprofit, corporate and union partners in support of Project Warmth. Project Warmth began operation in 1994 to help Long Islanders who did not qualify for Federal assistance programs due to income guidelines. Emergency assistance programs that were already in place to address year-long needs were often depleted by the end of the year, leaving many with nowhere to turn for help. Since its inception, Project Warmth has helped to fill the need for emergency heating assistance on Long Island, raising more than $9.8 million to help almost 28,000 families.

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Many working families on Long Island are not earning enough money to maintain self-sufficiency and seniors on fixed incomes are having a hard time making ends meet. If a crisis strikes any of these households, they may be forced into making financial compromises and trade-offs that could be detrimental or even life-threatening.

Your support of Project Warmth will make a powerful statement that home energy is a basic human need and is equal to other essentials such as food, water, prescription medication, shelter and clothing. You can make a contribution to Project Warmth online here by selecting "Project Warmth" under the donation category. Donations may be mailed to Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.


There are simple actions you can take to weatherize your home and save energy. Visit these partner websites for more information:

PSEG Long Island:
Oil Heat Institute:
National Grid:


Project Warmth is a member of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition.
For more information, contact Patricia Rivers, Program Coordinator at