Warmth for Wake Turns Up the Heat on Thanksgiving Day

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Thanksgiving Day marks the kick-off of Warmth for Wake’s 37th year of keeping the heat on for Wake County’s residents in need during the cold winter months. Warmth for Wake is the annual energy assistance program sponsored by the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA), its participating member banks and Wake County Human Services. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the oldest periodical still published in North America, the nation will suffer from yet another bitter winter season with temperatures expected to be much colder than normal.

Since the campaign’s inception in 1977, Warmth for Wake has provided fuel assistance for thousands of individuals from low-income households in Wake County. Additionally, the program has raised more than $1 million in donations. Warmth for Wake is funded entirely through voluntary contributions from individuals, groups and companies. No administrative costs are taken from its donations. Every single penny raised goes directly to those who need it most.

“Cold temperatures seem to be coming even earlier this year,” said Thad Woodard, president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association. “Warmth for Wake is here to help keep our capital region as warm as possible. It has been incredible to witness the growth of Warmth for Wake since starting the program nearly four decades ago, and it is our hope this program will continue to provide a sense of comfort to those needing warmth the most this winter.”

Last winter, the programed helped an estimated 115 homes through the donation of free firewood. Additionally, the program helps more than 200 eligible households keep the heat on with utility assistance year after year.

Warmth for Wake recipients must be Wake County residents. Eligibility is determined through Wake County Human Services, taking into consideration all income and resources as well as expenses and emergency or special situations that may impact available income. Income guidelines are based on current poverty levels. Warmth for Wake is funded entirely through voluntary tax-deductible contributions from most banks doing business in Wake County, citizens, churches, civic and fraternal organizations and businesses.

To help support Warmth for Wake, please visit your local Wake County bank and confirm they are drop off site for the Warmth for Wake program. Donations can also be mailed to to Warmth for Wake, PO Box 46833, Raleigh, NC 27620. For more information, visit www.ncba.com, or Visit: Warmth for Wake Donate Now.  

The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1864. For more information, visit www.ncba.com.