ABERCROMBIE — The Pictou County Fuel Fund has received the 100 Women Who Care financial award.
About 80 people attended the group’s most recent gathering that took place on May 2 at Abercrombie Country Club, where the Fuel Fund received the most votes among the three groups selected.
The others were Pictou County Seniors Outreach and Adopt-A-Library.
“We get tremendous support from the community,” said George MacLellan, who addressed the audience on the fuel fund’s behalf.
MacLellan described the fund as “100 per cent volunteer” and available for those in need. The fund gets donations from local municipalities but no other government funding, he said.
The fuel fund has also branched out from providing home heating oil to supplying wood pellets.
“We are an urgent fuel fund,” he said. “We’re a last resort. It’s all confidential. Once the application is in, it’s processed in 48 hours.”
MacLellan said funds are much appreciated.
“This contribution will allow 35 families to have heat in the winter that we otherwise couldn’t provide,” MacLellan said. “It’s much appreciated as the cost of fuel goes up.”
Mary MacLellan presented on behalf of Pictou County Seniors Outreach, which is based at Valley View Villa in Riverton and provides information seniors need for a variety of reasons while serving 13 rural communities in the county. The group receives 4,000 calls a year, she said.
“It could be that navigation piece when we get calls and they’re desperate,” she said.
She noted the Lunch and Learn events the group has been hosting for nine years. It’s also working to achieve more public housing options.
John Kennedy spoke on behalf of Adopt-A-Library, an initiative he founded before he arrived in Pictou County. Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library was a project partner with Kennedy, who has since relinquished it to PARL.
Adopt-A-Library responds to the need to encourage children to read. It stems from what Kennedy found was a correlation between illiteracy and crime and the many offenders he found who could not read.
“We’re trying to get every child in Pictou County to read,” he said.
From left: George MacLellan, representing the Pictou County Fuel Fund, which has received proceeds from 100 Women Who Care, with fellow nominees Mary MacLellan from Pictou County Seniors Outreach and John Kennedy on behalf of Adopt-A-Library. (Goodwin photo)