GNEF offers comfort and warmth for Nova Scotians in need

by Maritime

For twenty years, The Good Neighbour Energy Fund (GNEF) has been helping Nova Scotians with emergency home heating.

Thanks to an on-going partnership with Nova Scotia Power and the Government of Nova Scotia, The Salvation Army has been able to provide assistance with electric and non-electric heat during these critical winter months. What began in 1997 as a humble but mighty fund of $16,000 has grown into a strong community partnership that served over 1,800 Nova Scotian households in 2017. This year, Nova Scotia Power contributed $150,000 to the fund and the Province contributed $800,000 to ensure that no household will be left in the cold.

“The Good Neighbour Energy Fund allows The Salvation Army to continue its work of providing basic needs to struggling individuals and families across Nova Scotia,” says Major Wade Budgell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Maritime Division. “We see first-hand how thousands of people are impacted by the rising costs of living, particularly through the winter months. This program is essential in assisting Nova Scotian households who are facing an emergency home heating situation, and offers a sense of hope and dignity in a time of crisis.”

The GNEF provides emergency assistance for all forms of heating, including propane, oil, fuel, firewood, coal, and electricity. The application form can be accessed online or at any Salvation Army office across the province. Applicants are able to apply for the program every 24 months, which runs annually from January 15 to April 30.

Major Wade says, “The Salvation Army is grateful for the generous support and partnership of Nova Scotia Power and the Government of Nova Scotia who allow us to continue to serve those most in need in our communities.”

If you would like to help a neighbour in need, customers of Nova Scotia Power can donate to the GNEF by adding a monthly contribution to their power bill. For more information on contributing to the GNEF, please click here.