Add-A-Dollar Program – A Way to Help Residents in Need

October 19, 2017


By: Senator John A. Kissel

Did you know there are more than 322,000 Connecticut households that cannot afford to pay their energy bills? Starting in 1977, Operation Fuel has provided more than $48 million in energy assistance to over 154,000 households throughout Connecticut.

Operation Fuel provides a one-time grant of up to $500 to assist families with their energy bills. This great organization is energy blind which means they assist with all types of energy including oil, electric, natural gas, kerosene, wood, propane, pellets and other energy sources. Residents who apply for the grant can use it to prevent a shutoff or restore utility service to their home.

Currently Operation Fuel serves households whose income does not exceed 60 percent of the State Median Income Guidelines. See the chart below for Income Eligibility Guidelines. For more information on how to apply for this assistance program call 860-243-2345.


Household Size Maximum Yearly Income
1 $33,881
2 $44,305
3 $54,730
4 $65,155
5 $75,580
6 $86,005
7 $87,959
8 $89,914

The good news is that there is an easy way to help our community members who are in need of assistance. One way to help is through the Add-A-Dollar Program. Utility customers can add a dollar when they pay their monthly utility bill by check or online. Residents who wish to donate more than one dollar or want to contribute automatically each month should contact their utility company.

By adding just one dollar to your monthly utility bill, you can help to make a difference for families and individuals who are struggling to put their heat and electricity on here in North-Central Connecticut.

The great part is that Operation Fuel uses 100 percent of the donations made to the Add-A-Dollar Program strictly for energy assistance, so you know your dollar is being put to good use. As the weather continues to get colder let’s lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need.

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Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) discusses legislative issues with constituents in Enfield as the state prepares for colder temperatures.