PROVIDENCE — Responding to an overwhelming increase in appeals for heating assistance prompted by continued sub-freezing temperatures this winter, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has announced that the Catholic Charity Appeal will provide an additional grant of $25,000 in support of “Keep the Heat On,” the diocesan program that has provided $244,912 in direct client expenses to assist 1,226 households so far this season. The program provides assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other forms of public and private heating assistance, and have nowhere else to turn for help.  More.

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PROVIDENCE — Thomas Mathieu, 67, is down on his luck. He’s had 16 surgeries during the last 12 years and is unable to work due to a heart condition, as well as a bone deficiency that causes severe issues with his back, knee and neck. He also suffers from emphysema, one of multiple diseases known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.  Read more.

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Wednesday, January 8 – 10:30 A.M. 1550 Douglas Avenue, North Providence
Major Gift From National Grid Foundation To Help
Those In Need Stay Warm

(NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is set to receive a major gift from the National Grid Foundation, for its ‘Keep the Heat On’ heating assistance program. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be presented with a $70,000 check from Bob Keller, President of National Grid Foundation, on Wednesday, January 8, 10:30 a.m., at the home of a local family who has benefited from the heating assistance program. The home is located at 1550 Douglas Avenue, North Providence.

“I am so very grateful to the National Grid Foundation for its wonderful grant to the ‘Keep the Heat On’ program of the Diocese of Providence, said Bishop Tobin. The support of the Church and the local community will continue to be needed. I hope and pray that this generous gift from the National Grid Foundation will inspire other members of our community to continue their support.”

“National Grid Foundation is pleased to support ‘Keep the Heat On’ in its efforts to help thousands of families stay warm this winter, said Bob Keller. This program is vital to helping people with one of the basic necessities. We urge our friends and neighbors to join us in helping those less fortunate to receive the gift of warmth.”


The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities.

Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $17 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.


Sponsored by the Diocese since 2005, ‘Keep the Heat On’, provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of assistance. The program has raised more than $1.8 million to help more than 6,900 Rhode Island families and individuals coping with financial struggles with oil, gas or electric bills.

‘Keep the Heat On’ is funded by grants from the Catholic Charity Appeal and donations from generous individuals and businesses who believe that no Rhode Island family should be forced to live without heat during the winter months.
The media is invited to cover this special event.

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