Photo Gallery | Behinds the scenes of Project Heat 2014

(NEWS CENTER) -- There is a real concern again this year, that people in Maine will not be able to heat their homes.

That is why this station started Project Heat, a campaign to raise awareness and money for the Keep ME Warm fund.

The fund is distributed by the United Way, that aims to bridge the gap for families who no longer qualify for federal funds and have no place else to turn when the tank is empty.

The United way will collect and disperse 100 percent of the money all over the state based on poverty levels and population. Most of it will go to the 10 Community Action Programs, which screen people determine if they qualify for federally funded Low Income Heating Assistance. If applicants miss that cut off, they could then qualify for Keep ME Warm funds.

Some of money raised for keep me warm will also go to towns and churches that have their own heating assistance programs, and can help people who just need a little help filling the tank.

If you need help with heat, call 211. They will direct you to a program that might be able to help.

Call 855-875-4328(HEAT) or 855-874-9529(WLBZ).

On Thursday January 16, WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2 are holding a Project Heat Telethon, to raise money for the for the Keep ME Warm fund. We'll be here from 5am to 7:30pm answering your calls and taking your donations.

To donate online, click on Keep ME Warm Fund.

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