Editorial: Colder temps mean many in need

York Dispatch
  • With colder temperatures comes more economic insecurity for those among us who are in need.
  • There are a number of local, state and federal programs designed to help.
  • We can help, too, by donating of our time and money to help ensure a happy holiday season for all.

Our reprieve from the chill of fall is about to come to a close. The air will get colder, and those in need will feel the stress that much more.

On Atlantic Avenue near Roosevelt Avenue, one person ventured into Saturday's storm to try to get a head-start on the car cleanup Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

That's why we'd like to remind those who have something to share — a monetary donation, warm clothing, a sympathetic ear or a helping hand — consider doing so and make plans for that before the holiday season is upon us and we get wrapped up in our busy to-do lists.

Those Yorkers experiencing housing and food insecurity, disabilities and difficulty making ends meet in general may be eligible for a number of assistance programs across the city, county and state.

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But those programs need the support of those more fortunate. And that's where those of us who have a little extra time or money to give at this time of year come in.

There are a number of programs that help our neighbors in need. Here are a few:

The Community Progress Council provides short term, emergency assistance and, according to its website, "will promote self-sufficiency and employment for the low-income families in the region."

The Salvation Army of York, which will be giving out free winter coats Thursday at its building at 114 S. Duke St. in York City, is another strong supporter of our neighbors in need.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, helps states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes to help their residents pay energy bills. The fund also is used to help with cooling bills in the summer and energy improvements yearlong.

For a list of local assistance programs, log on to http://bit.ly/2e6hEgD. For a list of federal assistance programs, and to look up more state and local programs, go to www.needhelppayingbills.com/.

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If you are budgeting for gift-giving and can set aside a little for a gift for a child in need, to help a family put a holiday meal together or get warm coats, hats, scarves and the like, it might make a considerable difference in the lives of those who would benefit from your generosity of spirit.

If you can check on — or include in your festivities — a neighbor who will be alone this season, the gesture may be more welcome than you could ever know.