Connecticut Operation Fuel energy bill assistance.

Thousands of Connecticut lower income households, and also many senior citizens, receive help from Operation Fuel. The non-profit organization uses contributions from the community to provide assistance to families throughout the year. While all sorts of utility bills can be paid to those that qualify, a major focus is on offering assistance with heating bills during the cold Connecticut winter months.

Local non-profit agencies as well as government organizations all partner together as part of Operation Fuel. They raise funds and oversee the program. Applications are processed and funds are disbursed from hundreds of sites in the state, as indicated below. All of the assistance provided will help ensure that individuals and families in need have access to year-round energy bill assistance.

While not everyone will qualify or be able to receive help (as resources are limited), the non-profits and agencies can also refer households to other resources for assistance. This can include free food, clothing, energy conservation, health services, childcare and much more. So even if you are not eligible, then the sites indicated below may have guidance or information on other local social services.

Most of the aid that is paid out is focused on families that are out of options and are facing imminent disconnection. So this means that the applying households needs to have used up other government benefits such as LIHEAP grants. They also need to have tried any other regional or local charity programs. After taking all of these steps, this is when Operation Fuel may be able to help.

Studies show that many Connecticut families are forced every year to decide to pay between basic needs such as food,  energy expenses, or medications. This is even more true for households with elderly residents, disabled, chronically ill members or young children. Operation Fuel can help make this decision a little easier. The program will support those families that depend on a warm home in the winter or cool air conditioning in the summer months. So as indicated, a focus is on helping the poor pay their heating bills during the winter

The program relies on donations from the community. Many individuals, businesses, and even energy companies contribute to it. The local fuel banks below can provide more information on how to contribute. All money will go to the less fortunate in your community. So if you can contribute please do so.





Fairfield region Operation Fuel sites

-Bethel Fuel Fund, One School Street, Bethel, phone number 203-794-8537
-First Baptist Church - Bridgeport Fuel Bank, 126 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, 203-333-9033, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Stratford (non-seniors only)
-Salvation Army- Bridgeport 30 Elm Street Bridgeport, 203-334-0995, Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield
-Brookfield Emergency Fuel Fund, 100 Pocono Road, PO Box 5106, Brookfield, 203-775-7312
-The Community Action Committee of Danbury, Inc., 66 North Street, 203-748-5422, Danbury, Redding, Bridgewater
-Greenwich Fuel Bank, 101 Fieldpoint Road, Greenwich, 203-622-3800
-Town of Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutler's Farm Road, 203-452-3771
-New Fairfield Fuel Bank, 4 Brush Hill Road, New Fairfield, 203-312-5669
-Newtown Fuel Bank, 3 Main Street, Newtown, 203-270-4330
-Norwalk Energy Assistance Program, 98 South Main Street, South Norwalk, telephone 203-899-2420
-Ridgefield Social Services, 400 Main Street Ridgefield, 203-431-2754
-Town of Sherman Fuel Bank, P.O. Box 261, 8 Rt. 37 Center Sherman, 860-354-2414
-CTE - Stamford, 34 Woodland Ave., Rm 110, Stamford, call 203-352-4865 for information on energy assistance, including Operation Fuel
-Faith Tabernacle Fuel Bank, 29 Grove Street Stamford, 203-348-8755 x14
-Stratford Senior Services, Fuel Bank 1000 West Broad Street, Stratford, 203-385-4055 (seniors 60+ only)
-Trumbull Fuel Bank 23 Priscilla Place, Trumbull, 203-452-5198
-Weston Fuel Bank, 24 School Road Weston, 203-222-2663
-Westport Fuel Bank, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport 203-341-1050
-Wilton Social Services, 180 School Road, Wilton, call 203-834-6238

Litchfield region

-Barkhamsted Fuel Bank, 67 Ripley Hill Road, dial 860-379-1314
-Canaan (Falls Village) Fuel Bank, 108 Main Street, Falls Village, 860-824-9855, Canaan, Falls Village
-Colebrook Fuel Bank Town Hall, Route 183, Colebrook, 860-379-3359
-Cornwall Fuel Fund, 26 Pine Street, Cornwall, 860-672-2603
-Kent Fuel Bank, 41 Kent Green Blvd., Kent, 860-927-1586
-Community Fuel Bank of New Milford, 40 Main Street, New Milford, 860-355-6075
-Norfolk Fuel Bank, 19 Maple Avenue Norfolk, 860-542-5829
-North Canaan Fuel Bank 100 Pease Street, 860-824-3133, North Canaan
-Town of Plymouth 77 Main Street, Plymouth, 860.585.4028
-Roxbury Fuel Bank 7 South Street, Roxbury, 860-210-0201
-Salisbury Fuel Bank, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, main phone number is 860-435-5187
-Sharon Fuel Bank, 63 Main Street, Sharon, 860-364-1003
-Torrington Chapter of FISH, Inc. Fuel Bank, 332 South Main Street, Torrington, 860-482-7300, Torrington, Goshen, Litchfield, Morris, Harwinton, New Hartford
-Warren Fuel Bank 7 Sackett Hill Road, Warren, 860-868-7881
-Washington Fuel Bank, 6 Bryan Plaza, Washington, 860-868-0735
-Watertown Social Services Fuel Bank, 51 Depot St., Watertown, 860-945-5252
-Winchester Fuel Bank, 110 Main Street, Winsted, 860-379-8444, Winchester, Winsted, Colebrook
-Woodbury Fuel Bank 265 Main Street, South Woodbury, 203-263-4117




Middlesex part of Connecticut

-Connecticut River Fuel Bank, 48 Muller Drive, Westbrook, 860-227-4641, Haddam, East Haddam, Middlefield, Portland
-Town of Clinton Fuel Bank, 61 E Main St., Clinton, 860-669-7347, Clinton, Westbrook, Essex
-Cromwell Human Services, 41 West Street, Cromwell, 860-632-3476
-Town of Chester Emergency Fuel Bank 203 Middlesex Avenue, Chester, 860-526-0013 x213
-Deep River Fuel Bank, 56 High Street, Deep River, 860-526-6033
-Town of Durham Fuel Bank, 30 Townhouse Road, Durham, 860-343-6714
-East Hampton Volunteer Food Bank processes applications for Operation Fuel, 22 East High Street, East Hampton, 860-267-6720
-Killingworth Fuel Bank, 323 Route 81, Killingworth, 860-663-4002, Killingworth
-Old Saybrook Fuel Bank, 322 Main Street, Old Saybrook, 860-395-3188
-St. Vincent DePaul Place, 617 Main Street, PO Box 398, Middletown, 860-344-0097, Middletown, Portland

New Haven area

-Branford Fuel Bank, 11 Cherry Hill Road, Branford, 203-315-0610
-TEAM, Inc. 30 Elizabeth Street, Derby, 203-736-5420, Derby, Shelton, Milford, Woodbridge, Ansonia, Seymour, Bethany, Beacon Falls, Oxford
-Guilford Social Services, 263 Church Street, Guilford, 203-453-8009,
-Madison Senior Center Fuel Bank, 9 Old Route 79, 203-245-5687 castrillih@madisonct.
-Town of Madison Fuel Bank, 10 School Street, Madison, 203-245-5655
-Middlebury Social Services, 1172 Whittemore Road, Middlebury, 203-577-4166, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Watertown
-Greater New Haven Community Fuel Bank, 781 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, call 203-387-7700, New Haven, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, Hamden
Christian Community Action, 168 Davenport Avenue, New Haven, 203-777-7848, New Haven area
-North Branford Fuel Bank, 1675 Foxon Rd., North Branford, 203-315-6006, North Branford, Branford
-Orange Emergency Fuel Assistance Program, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, 203-891-2154
-Wallingford Fuel Bank, 6 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford, 203-294-2175, Wallingford
-New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, 74 Cambridge St, Meriden, 203-235-0278 x25, Meriden, Southington, Berlin-New Opportunities, Inc., 232 North Elm Street, Waterbury, 203-575-4311, Waterbury, Wolcott, Prospect, Bethlehem





-Cheshire Fuel Bank, 84 South Main Street, Cheshire, 203-271-6690
-Southbury Senior Services Fuel Bank, 561 Main Street, South Southbury, main phone number is 203.262.0666

New London

-Colchester Fuel Bank 127 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, 860-537-7235
-Groton Social Services, 2 Fort Hill Road, Groton, phone 860-441-6760
-Montville Senior & Social Services, 12 Maple Avenue, Uncasville, call 860-848-0422 or 860-848-8820
-Thames Valley Council for Community Action, 83 Huntington Street, New London, 860-444-0006, London, East Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, Waterford, Lyme
-Norwich Fuel Bank, 331 Main Street, Norwich, call 860-889-8346, Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Ledyard, Lisbon, Presto, Sprague, Voluntown
-Norwich Human Services, 80 Broadway, Norwich, 860-823-3778
-Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase Street, Pawcatuck, 860-599-3285 x13, North Stonington, Pawcatuck, Stonington, Old Mystic, Mystic (east side of river)
-Stonington Human Services Fuel Bank, 166 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck, 860-535-5015, Pawcatuck, Stonington, Old Mystic, Mystic (east side of river)
-Warm Hearts, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, 860-642-4580

Locations of fuel banks is Tolland area

-Coventry Human Services/ Coventry, Clergy Fuel Bank, 1712 Main Street, Coventry, call 860-742-5324 for intake.
-Ellington Fuel Bank, 31 Arbor Way, Ellington, 860.870.3128
-Russell Mercier Senior Center, 14 Stonecroft Drive, Hebron, 860-228-1700,
-Hebron Interfaith Human Services, 20 Pendelton Drive, Hebron, 860-228-1700 x204
-Somers Fuel Bank, 600 Main Street, Somers, 860.749.7160
-Town of Stafford Fuel Bank, 21 Hyde Park Road, Stafford, 860-684-4239
-Tolland Fuel Bank, 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, 860-871-3612
-Tri -Town Fuel Bank, 375 Hartford Turnpike, Rm.# 117, Vernon, 860-896-2375

Windham region

-Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG), 65 Main Street, P.O. Box 664, North Grosvenordale, 860-923-3458, Pomfret, Woodstock, Putnam
-Windham Area Interfaith Ministry (WAIM), 866 Main Street, Willimantic, 860-456-7270, Windham, Andover, Ashford, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Eastford, Hampton, Mansfield/Storrs, Scotland, Willington
-Danielson Methodist Church Fuel Fund 253 Westcott Road, phone number is 860-774-4684, Killingly, Brooklyn, Plainfield, Sterling




By Jon McNamara

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