Team HEATAre you or someone you know struggling to pay heating bills each winter?

Team HEAT, part of the Community Access Network (CAN), matches each $50 you pay towards your monthly heating bill.
You are eligible for Team HEAT assistance if you are a St. Joseph County resident and your income is at or below 250% of poverty.*
CAN Family Development Programs are designed to assist you in achieving your goals. If you are accepted into the Team HEAT program, you will work each month with a CAN Case Coordinator on a goal plan. If you qualify, you will be asked to apply for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and complete a free budgeting or similar financial education class within 30 days of receiving your first $50 match assistance.
Program benefits available November 1 through April 1.  Applications accepted starting October 29Limited slots available.

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*For more details, to see if you qualify, and to register through the CAN (Community Access Network) database, call United Way 2-1-1.

Team HEAT Adopt a Family

Many families are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter. Adopt A Family
Join Team HEAT to "Adopt a Family" and HEAT a home!
For $300 or $60 dollars per month (November—March) you can provide a family with 5 months of assistance, which includes:
  • $50 match each month on client's first $50 paid towards his/her heating bill
  • Monthly meetings with a Case Coordinator to work on a plan of action 
  • A financial/budgeting class and the invitation to work with an ongoing financial fitness program
  • Your dollars will help a family on our waiting list. To donate, please click the button below or write a check to "United Way of St. Joseph County" with "Team HEAT" in the memo line, and send it to United Way of St. Joseph County, Team HEAT, 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46615. Please include your contact information if you intend to pledge monthly.
    Team HEAT helps families stay warm during the winter heating season, learn about budgeting and get the support they need.


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    Questions? Contact Dawn Chapla at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Barbara Turner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 574.232.8201 ext. 227.


    Team HEAT is part of United Way's Pro$perity Building Campaign

    Click the images below to learn more about partner agencies who help United Way support clients of the Team HEAT Program. 
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