ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The fall in temperatures means a rise in heating costs. The price of fuel has increased and some families are left realizing they might not be able to afford a hefty heating bill. Members of the Unitarian Universalist church of Ellsworth figured out a way to help their neighbors.
Diana Cate on the church's board of directors said, "This is a very very caring bunch of people. We are a very open church and we are concerned about what happens to people in this large community. This is one way to show it."
The church will hold an annual dinner and silent auction. The proceeds will be split between the church and the THAW fund. The fund assists families who are unable to pay for the cost of heat, but do not qualify for federal assistance. Last year, the church raised five thousand dollars for the fund.
Minister Sara Huisjen with Unitarian Universalist said, "Every dollar that our church and every organization or individual can contribute will make a difference."
According to the Governor's Office of Energy, the price of heating oil has increased by nine cents since last August.
Bobbi Harris with the Housing and Energy Services for Washington-Hancock Communities said, "This year the economy is so bad people are struggling. Families that have never ever had to struggle before."
Attendees will have a chance to win a variety of items including a brand new kayak, exercise equipment, and even a day trip on a working lobster boat.
The dinner will take place Saturday, October 13th. Tickets are still available on thechurch's website.