The HEAT Fund: helping those most in need during the coldest months of the year

A tree doesn’t start out as a tree; just like a company doesn’t start out with hundreds of employees. They start with a seed – an idea – and only grow with the right ingredients.

What started as a very modest few thousand dollars donated by NS Power and its employees back in the late 1990s, has grown to a more than $1 million annual fund that helps those most in need in our province with emergency home heating assistance; whatever their heating source may be. Last year, more than 2,400 individuals and families were helped through the Fund, which is administered by the Salvation Army.

This year, along with our partners at Service Nova Scotia and The Salvation Army, we have renamed the Fund to the Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund. Formerly called the Good Neighbour Energy Fund, the new name will help those who need the Fund to know what it is by communicating the crucial thing it provides… heat.

Nova Scotia Power has also increased its contribution to $200,000 annually; and the Province of Nova Scotia has been contributing $800,000 annually since 2008.

But there’s more. Tens of thousands of dollars are generously donated by NS Power employees and customers each year to help their neighbours in need.

And everyone can help.

Through a sign up form on our website, everyone can donate to the Fund and help those among us who are most in need during the coldest months of the year.

All donations by residential customers are tax deductible and The Salvation Army will issue a charitable tax receipt for your donation at the end of the year.

 Joining together during challenging times seems to come naturally to Nova Scotians. We saw this during Hurricane Dorian, and we see it every day through our customers and their incredible acts of kindness and generosity across the province. The HEAT Fund is one way we are able to work together to help make days brighter for our neighbours and communities.”  Wayne O’Connor, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Power.

Left to right:

  • Wayne O’Connor, NSP President & CEO
  • Vaden Vincent, Executive Director, Salvation Army
  • Minister Patricia Arab, Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services
  • Wade Budgell, Divisional Commander, Salvation Army

For more information about the HEAT Fund and to apply, visit the Salvation Army's website.


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