Typically, Social Capital Inc. doesn't get involved with matters of fuel assistance, but we do bring community members together to address local needs. When a Woburn resident contacted us because she had recently run out of funding through the Tri-Cap program
and had been out of oil for three days, we wanted to do anything we could to help.
We contacted as many organizations that we could find and were unable to locate any available funding. We then decided it might be best to see if we could raise the amount needed to fill this resident's tank, while contacting local oil companies to see if they would be willing to match the funds.
After contacting Stoneham Fuel, the oil company that typically delivers fuel to this resident's home through Tri-Cap funds, they agreed to get a truck to this resident's home immediately as long as we were able to match the funds.
The oil company explained if you go three days without heating your home in this weather, your pipes are at risk of bursting and it could cause severe damage to the home. We were also told that there were numerous other residents in the area in the same position as this woman, out of fuel assistance and living in a home with no heat.
Social Capital Inc. is extremely grateful for Stoneham Fuel for stepping up to solve an immediate need. Update: We have now raised enough to match the donation from Stoneham Fuel.