The sponsoring energy companies announce that the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is open to all eligible candidates as of Jan. 4.

The Fund helps households in temporary crisis who do not qualify for federal or state assistance with the payment of their energy expenses.

For income eligibility requirements, visit

This year's Fund disbursement is $300 per eligible household per heating season.

To apply for assistance, visit a local Salvation Army Corps Community Center or call 800-262-1320 if residing in the 413 area code.

The 31st annual "Give The Gift of Warmth" campaign's goal is to raise $750,000 and assist more than 2,000 households.

To support the Fund, use the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelope found as an insert in monthly energy bills or through the "add a dollar" program some energy companies offer which allows customers to contribute on their monthly bill payment by $1 or more.

Customers can also donate online by visiting or mail a check payable to "Good Neighbor Energy Fund" and send it to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021.