Now in its ninth year, the ‘Keep The Heat On” program was founded by Ed Newell, a local Buxton resident with a concern for our elderly residents. The program provides heating assistance primarily for Buxton's elderly residents on fixed incomes who are unable to meet the rising cost of heating fuel. The Program is overseen by a Committee of three appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
Donations to the program are made with returnable bottles and cans which can be dropped off at the Buxton Transfer Station (next to the Town Office). The returnable bottles and cans are deposited and all money earned goes directly into the “Keep The Heat On” program fund. The program also accepts cash donations and has fund raisers throughout the year. The Committee thanks the many people who have donated to this worthy program.
The following guidelines have been established for participation in the "Keep The Heat On" program:
1) the program is designed primarily for the elderly on "fixed incomes" (i.e. individuals on Social Security); and
2) potential participants must apply for fuel assistance through the LIHEAP program
administered by York County Community Action; and
3) be a resident of the Town of Buxton.
The maximum amount of heating fuel a household can receive during the heating season is 200 gallons. There is a minimal application process required before participants are accepted into the program.
If you would like more information, call the Welfare Director at the Town Office at 929-5191.
Buxton's 'Keep The Heat On' Program complies with Maine's Returnable Container Law. All persons who tender containers for redemption that were not originally purchased in the State of Maine are not allowed to return containers to the Program. Any person who did not originally purchase a container in the State of Maine may be subject to a fine of the greater of $100 per container or $25,000 for each tender. We appreciate your assistance in helping to do your part to help ensure the legal redemption of beverage containers occurs and only those beverage containers purchased in Maine are redeemed.
The 'Keep The Heat On' Committee members are:
Jean C. Harmon, Chair