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Fuel Assistance and other Needs-Based Services

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Above: If you’re a Southborough resident struggling to pay for fuel, pay for emergency expenses, or give your kids a fun vacation, SYFS wants to help. (Image taken from the town’s website)

Soaring fuel costs have become a hot topic this winter.A reader provided information about the fuel assistance she heard WBURIt reminded me there that each year the town offers to help eligible residents apply for fuel assistance.

A look at the town’s website further reminded me that what I may need specifically this fall/winter is not the only need-based assistance offered by town agencies.

Southborough Youth & Family Services website Note:

If you have financial difficulties, please contact our office. Subject to certain criteria, assistance can be provided to Southborough residents through the following programs: . .

If you are a Southborough resident experiencing financial hardship and would like to get in touch with staff at Southborough Youth and Family Services (SYFS) to learn more about their needs-based services, please fill out. [this form] A staff member will contact you by phone within 24-48 business hours. . .

For more information on these services, please contact Christina McCarthy at 508-481-5676 x 1.

Below are the programs listed.

fuel assist

SYFS explains:

Our office facilitates the application process. SMOCs You can provide information about Framingham’s fuel assistance program and provide additional information about other energy assistance programs. Our department is a reception site for Southborough residents under the age of 60. Residents over the age of 60 can contact the Southborough Senior Center for fuel assistance. Fuel Assistance is available from November 1st to April 30th each year.

According to the Southborough Senior Center, residents 60 and older can contact their outreach coordinator, Cynthia Beard, at 508-229-4453.

emergency fund

SYFS also provides:

Financial assistance to residents facing financial hardship due to situations such as car repairs, loss of electricity or heating, and medical bills.

For application, click here.

winter wishes

Earlier this week, I wrote about SYFS’ call to the community to support Winter Wishes. Below is information for families who would like to receive assistance through the program.

The program helps families with school-aged children in need during the holiday season through donations of gifts from surrounding communities and local organizations and businesses.

apply, click here.

If your family qualifies for this program, you can also mark your calendars and check back early in 2023 for updates on our next summer campership program. (The current information is from last summer.)

Transfer station sticker exemption

The exemption requirements and application form are The same page on the town homepage Includes transfer station rules and other details.

In-flight meal

This program is not listed on the SYFS website, nor is it offered directly by the town. However, the Southborough Senior Center website describes its program for seniors 60 and over as follows:

It is a federally and state funded nutrition program administered by the Office of Aging Affairs that enables local agencies to provide nutritious meals to older adults. The Bay Pass Elder Service is managed by a regional agency on aging that provides services outside of the Westborough Senior Centre. We also offer a midday dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information, click here.

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