FOR HEAT: Bishop Tobin accepts a donation in support of Keep the Heat On from local Catholic School students during the 2007 kick-off for the heating assistance program of last resort for Rhode Island families.
Who is eligible for Keep the Heat On Assistance?
Applicants should have either exhausted or be ineligible for all other state, federal or private heating assistance. Proof of ineligibility is required through written documentation or verification via phone with the local agency. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances. Anyone experiencing financial hardship relative to their utility bill is encouraged to apply.
How do I apply?
Please reference the check list (which can be found by clicking here) then call 401/421-7833 to begin the application process. You may also complete an online application here. An appointment is then scheduled in which applicants must show proof of ineligibility for other heating assistance programs. Special arrangements can be made for those who are ill or the home bound. Interpreters can be arranged for those who speak limited English.
How does KTHO obtain funding?
The Keep the Heat On Fund is supported by generous donors. Since it was established in 2005, more than $2.5 million has been raised from generous individuals and organizations that has provided oil, natural gas and electric heating assistance to more than 10,800 households in Rhode Island.
If you would like to support the fund and help a struggling family obtain the basic human need of warmth this winter, please click here.
Are non-Catholics eligible for assistance?
This program does not discriminate against any of its applicants or clients for any reason. Any Rhode Islander who is experiencing difficulty relative to their heating utility bill should apply for assistance.
Do non-Catholics Contribute to KTHO?
Absolutely! In fact, every Keep the Heat On campaign has benefited from generous support from average Rhode Islanders who simply want to help their neighbors stay warm during the winter.
Is there accountability for this fund?
The Diocese of Providence is committed to financial transparency and reassures its generous supporters about the use of contributions to help those in the community who have fallen on tough times. Please click here to subscribe to an electronic newsletter that will be issued periodically to keep all supporters up to date on the progress of the Keep the Heat On Campaign and how it is making a real difference throughout Rhode Island. Additionally, the diocese is audited by an independent auditor each year.
Who sponsors this heating assistance program?
Keep the Heat On is a program administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence’s Office of Catholic Charities and Social Ministry.
What is the Interfaith Community Dire Emergency Fund?
The Interfaith Community Dire Emergency Fund was established in 1978 by the Interfaith Leadership to assist those who have exhausted all other means of heating assistance. Responding to skyrocketing heating costs in the fall of 2005, Bishop Tobin modified the energy assistance portion of the program, changing the name to Keep the Heat On, and added a diocesan matching grant from the Catholic Charity Appeal. Keep the Heat On is is administered by the Diocesan Office of Catholic Charities and Social Ministry which assists those in need throughout the state. You may reach the office at 401/421-7833.
What community events are affiliated with KTHO?
Please click here for an updated list.
How many people have benefited from this program?
Since it was launched in 2005, Keep the Heat On has provided assistance to more than 10,800 households throughout the State of Rhode Island.
How long does the application process take?
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The staff works tirelessly to process all applications as quickly as possible, especially for those who are currently without heat, the elderly or those with a sick or life threatening illness.
Are donations to ‘Keep the Heat On’ tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations, whether made by check or credit card or text are tax-deductible. You will receive a confirmation from the diocese indicating the amount of your generous contribution.
Can businesses contribute to Keep the Heat On?
This fund, and the families it serves, benefits from a number of different communities and yes, businesses may make contributions by check or credit card or text.
I recently converted from oil to a new form of heating and have excess oil in my tank I would like to donate. Can I donate oil to Keep the Heat On for delivery to someone in need?
Given the liability, Keep the Heat On does not coordinate such efforts. However, one of our
program administrators can provide information on local oil companies who may be willing to obtain your excess oil and have it delivered to someone in need.