ALBION, NY – May 28, 2020 – In late April Heritage Wind put out a call to the local farmers and landowners working with it in Orleans County – the project would match dollar-for-dollar any contributions made to support the United Way of Orleans County’s “United We Help” fund.
Local landowners answered the call, donating $2,000 to the fund in the past month. Those donations were matched by a $2,500 contribution from Heritage Wind and Apex Clean Energy.
“Heritage Wind is more than just the folks from Apex Clean Energy, it's a family made up of landowners and supporters throughout Orleans County, ” said Kirk Mathes of Mathes Farms, a Barre resident and landowner. “We wanted to do something as a group to support our neighbors and were happy to support the United We Help Program.”
United We Help funds will provide direct cash assistance to Orleans County residents who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were unable to collect unemployment.
“The United Way of Orleans County is extremely thankful for the generosity and support from Heritage Wind and their landowners,” said Dean Bellack, the organization’s Executive Director. “The dollars raised will go a long way towards helping the most critically vulnerable people in our county.”
In addition to supporting the United We Help Program, Heritage Wind’s community grant program helped the Orleans Community Health Foundation obtain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sanitation technology and also provided a grant to the Barre Historical Committee to assist in establishing a permanent home for the town’s historical artifacts.
Heritage Wind plans to offer another round of grants this summer. To learn more or apply for a future round of grant funding, visit www.heritagewindpower.com/grant.