News release

Province Donates to Salvation Army's Good Neighbour Program

The province will donate $400,000 to the Salvation Army's Good Neighbour Program to help some families to heat their homes this winter.

"We know that even with home heating help through the Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate programs, some people are still finding it hard to manage," said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This is another way that government is helping to make life more affordable for Nova Scotia families across the province."

In 2008-09, the province donated $800,000 to the program. About $400,000 was still available this year, however, that is almost depleted.

Thanks to donations from the province and others, the Salvation Army, through its Good Neighbour Program, has been able to help more people this year than any other. To date, about 1,500 families received $400 to help them heat their homes.

Ms. Jennex applauded the great community work by the Salvation Army and thanked it for its caring and concern for Nova Scotians in need.

"Today we celebrate knowing that more Nova Scotian households have been assisted in a very practical manner this winter than ever before," said Diane Van der Horden, public relations & development director with the Maritime Salvation Army. "We applaud the government's announcement to stand with us in meeting the needs of those struggling the most to heat their homes. The Good Neighbour Program will now be able to operate for its full period."

The Good Neighbour Program was established in 1997 by employees of Nova Scotia Power. The program assists with all forms of home heating including firewood, coal, oil, propane and electricity.

The Your Energy Rebate and the Heating Assistance Rebate programs offer home heating help to make life better for Nova Scotia families.

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The province will donate 400-thousand dollars to the Salvation Army's Good Neighbour Program to help some families heat their homes this winter.

In 2008-2009, the province provided an 800-thousand dollar donation to the program, of which 400-thousand was still available this year. However, those funds are almost depleted.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex applauded the great community work done by the Salvation Army and thanked it for its caring and concern for Nova Scotians in need.

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