Project Stay Warm supplies free wood to low-income families who heat their homes with firewood. This collaboration between United Way of Yavapai County, APS and the American Red Cross helped hundreds of families since it began in 2006 and the hope is to meet the need again this year.
Distribution dates this year are October 23, October 30, November 6 and November 13 from 9 AM until 12:00 Noon at the American Red Cross office located at 1020 Sandretto Drive, Prescott.
Volunteer APS crews cut, split and deliver the wood to the American Red Cross for distribution. “This is a unique and rewarding way we to give back to the community, especially for those who need it most during our cold winters,” said Jeff Spohn, Division Forester for APS.
United Way of Yavapai County coordinates the distribution of the wood and recruits and manages the volunteers. “This is a partnership that impacts the community in a very unique way,” said Michael Whiting, Executive Director for United Way. “This is truly collaboration where a need is identified and existing community resources respond to help needy families heat their homes.” Whiting added.
Eligibility requirements are:
- Must reside in Yavapai County
- Hold a Quest card (state services identification)
- Income of less than $1200 per month for individuals, $1800 per month for families
- Have a safe wood-burning stove or fireplace
- Qualified through DES or other agencies
Wood is distributed by appointment only. Appointments must be made in advance. To sign up as a volunteer or to schedule wood pickup, please call (928) 443-5321.