Operation Fuel, Inc. Winter Program   
A Message from Richard Porth          
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut  

The Operation Fuel Winter Program will begin accepting applications on December 1, 2016. The program provides assistance of up to $500 for heating expenses for households in Connecticut with incomes at or below 60% of the State Median Income guidelines who are in crisis. Local fuel banks assess client eligibility and make payments to vendors. In order to receive assistance from the program, households must initiate an application through their local Operation Fuel partner agency. To learn more about the Operation Fuel winter program and its eligibility criteria click here or dial 2-1-1 

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to, "providing year-round help with energy costs," for more than 30 years. Through donations, the help of volunteers and strong partnerships with communities, businesses and government, Operation Fuel helps families, individuals and small business with their fuel and energy costs. Visit  to learn more about the work Operation Fuel does.

2-1-1 Community Events Calendar 
The 2-1-1 Online Community Events Calendar is a source for information on upcoming events from around the state that is maintained by the 2-1-1 Information Services team. More than 140 events were listed for the month of November and December's events calendar already has more than 40 scheduled events. The calendar allows those interested in local happenings to search by day and location as well as narrow their search by event category. Categories include:
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Food
  • Health Care
  • Housing
  • Veterans
Submissions can be made to the 2-1-1 Community Events Calendar, as long as the event is free of charge, open to the public, and sponsored or hosted by an agency that is currently listed with 2-1-1.
Events can be submitted for possible inclusion in the 2-1-1 Community Events Calendar at this link, and the calendar can be accessed at the bottom of the home page at or directly by clicking here.

Use 2-1-1 to Find Resources During the Holiday Season
There are a number of programs and organizations throughout the state working to make the holidays a happy time for families in need throughout Connecticut. Whether food, gifts, or holiday meals, 2-1-1 has the most up-to-date information about the holiday assistance available. Visit or call 2-1-1 for information on resources services being offered across the state.
The 2-1-1 website currently lists more than 60 locations for meals this Thanksgiving. Follow this link, Call 2-1-1 or visit the and search, "Thanksgiving Meals" to find information on Thanksgiving meals being offered in your area.
AccessHealthCT Open Enrollment
The ACA open enrollment period for health insurance coverage in the 2017 plan year began on November 1st  and will continue until  January 31, 2017. Individuals and families that need health insurance coverage effective on January 1st must be enrolled by December 15th. If you are ready to enroll click here.

Free, in-person help from enrollment specialist and certified brokers is currently available. for a list of locations, click here.  To learn more visit