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10/10/2011 9:50:00 PM
Free firewood available this winter
Special to the Courier


Project Stay Warm supplies free wood to low-income individuals and families who rely on firewood to heat their homes. This collaboration created by United Way of Yavapai County, Arizona Public Service and the American Red Cross has helped many hundreds of people since the program began in 2006.

This year, wood is available from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 11 and Nov. 19 at the American Red Cross office located at 1020 Sandretto Drive in Prescott. Only Yavapai County residents with an Arizona Department of Economic Security QUEST card, or individuals earning less than $1,200 a month or families earning less than $1,800 a month and qualified through a county nonprofit agency are eligible.

APS crews cut and trim trees all year to protect its transmission lines. In late October, APS delivers it to the American Red Cross for distribution. "Project Stay Warm is one of the most rewarding ways we give back to our communities. Some folks totally rely on this program to keep them warm during our cold winters," said Jeff Spohn, APS forestry director.

United Way of Yavapai County coordinates the distribution of the wood and recruits and manages the volunteers.

"Project Stay Warm is one of our Community Impact Initiatives that shows how collaborations can create programs that help where no agency alone can," said Melanie Jacobson, acting executive director for United Way. "We qualify and coordinate delivery, APS collects and donates the wood, and the American Red Cross provides a secure distribution location to fill this critical need - low-income people needing free firewood to heat their homes."

Wood is distributed by appointment only and must be made in advance. To sign up as a volunteer or to schedule wood pickup, call United Way at 778-6605.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Article comment by: liz larsen

Great program!!!!we need help!thanks to all....

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Article comment by: The Rev

"This collaboration (Project Stay Warm) created by United Way of Yavapai County, Arizona Public Service and the American Red Cross...". Most Conservatives understand the difference between socialism and charity and have little issue with a charitable programme. A true Conservative will donate to such causes through choice rather than by force (tax).


Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Article comment by: Adam Macher

Socialism.

Rev. Wright is right.




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