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Many central Vermont residents benefited from last year’s inaugural “Wheels for Warmth” fundraiser conceived and implemented by Washington County (VT) State Senator, Phil Scott. The nearly $10,000 raised was earmarked for home heating help.

According to Jennifer S. of Barre Town, “We didn’t qualify for the federal fuel program because we were over income by $13 per month, but we had no way to pay for home heating oil. Luckily, CVCAC (Central Vermont Community Action Council) told us that fundraising events like Wheels for Warmth made it possible for families like me to get help keeping our house warm. We don’t know what we would have done otherwise.”

Expanded funding for home heating help this winter remains the aim as the final details are being ironed out for this Saturday’s (Oct 28) second annual “Wheels for Warmth” campaign. The event will again take place at Montpelier’s Dubois Construction, from 7 am until 3 pm.

People wishing to drop off tires can bring them in advance to the Dubois Construction location in Montpelier (46 Three Mile Bridge Rd) on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Several representatives from the Motor Vehicle Department will be on hand to inspect tires for road-worthiness. Those tires deemed safe for use will be sorted and priced according to size. Tires not passing inspection can be disposed of at a discounted rate of $4.00 through an on-site service provided by Casella Waste Management. Casella will then donate $2.50 from each disposal fee to the Warmth Program. Tire donations will also be accepted on the day of the “Swap”.

“I was cold and broke because I’ve got a pending disability. (Central Vermont) Community Action helped me fill my fuel tank and make it through the winter,“ commented Paul M. from Randolph, another of the area residents who received assistance from the inaugural “Wheels for Warmth” effort.

For additional information on the “Wheels for Warmth” program contact Dubois Construction in Montpelier at 802-223-5288.