CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Makes 1st Delivery this Winter
Nov 17, 2006
NEW YORK --- CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with Citizens Energy Corporation, made its first delivery of discount heating oil of the 2006-2007 winter season here today. The CITGO-Venezuela heating oil program is committed to delivering more than 25 million gallons of fuel, at a 40 percent discount, to more than 100,000 needy households in
The program will deliver fuel to eligible families throughout the five boroughs. The initiative will also devote 5 percent of the delivery volume free of charge to homeless shelters during the heating season. The initial delivery was made to a 60-unit
“We are more than just an oil company. We are neighbors and friends who care for those in need,” said CITGO President and CEO Félix Rodríguez. “This is a people-to-people program that comes from the heart of
Nationally, the program is targeting more than 100 million gallons to more than 400,000 households in 16 states, more than doubling the commitment made last year. The expansion of the program came in response to a request by last year’s beneficiaries when they met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during a visit to
CITGO, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan national oil company, has designated Citizens Energy Corporation, a Boston-based non-profit, to run the household delivery program.
Citizens Energy, formed by former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II during the oil price shocks of the late 1970s, has provided discounted heating oil to the poor and elderly for more than 25 years.
“We approached every major oil company and every OPEC nation last year to ask that a small slice of their record profits go to help the poor,” said Kennedy. “Only one oil company – CITGO – and only one nation –
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States Bernardo Alvarez noted that “In
Families interested in receiving the discount oil can call Citizens Energy Corporation at 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-563-4645) for an application. Once approved, the household receives an authorization letter and calls its heating oil dealer to arrange a delivery of up to 200 gallons of heating oil at 40 percent off the retail price.
The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program is also operating in
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