Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund

The Salvation Army



The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is a cooperative effort between Massachusetts energy companies and The Salvation Army of Massachusetts that provides energy assistance to those in temporary crisis. Although there are eligibility guidelines based on income and household size, the program is more flexible than the federal and state energy assistance funds, which have strict income guidelines that disqualify many people who, because of unexpected circumstances, experience a temporary need for assistance.

To qualify for assistance, an applicant’s gross household income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median income levels. Those who qualify may receive up to $300 per household per heating season.

Donations can be placed in the mint green GNEF envelopes, which are most prominently found in customers’ energy bills, and returned to The Salvation Army. Other energy companies offer an “add a dollar” option which allows customers to increase their monthly utility bill payment by one dollar or more. Or, simply donate on-line via The Salvation Army web site. Or send a check to The Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116-5197. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the “Good Neighbor Energy Fund.” Donations are tax deductible. For more information about making a donation, call your energy company or the Salvation Army at 617-542-5420.

If your area code is 413, call 800-262-1320
If your area code is 508, 617, 781, or 978, call 800-334-3047.