CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Launched in Washington-Metropolitan Area
Dec 12, 2007
Washington D.C. – The President of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Alejandro Granado, Citizens Energy Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy II, and the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Bernardo Alvarez, ushered in the 2007-2008 CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program in the Washington D.C. – Metropolitan area on Dec. 12 by making the inaugural delivery of heating assistance to a 67-year- old grandmother of nine struggling to keep pace with rising energy costs.
The program, carried out in partnership by CITGO and Citizens Energy Corporation and made possible by the generosity of CITGO and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, will provide millions of gallons of heating oil to thousands of families in need throughout 23 states, including the District.
CITGO and Citizens Energy Corporation, a Boston-based non-profit, will also provide heating fuel assistance directly to more than 200 Native American communities in the states of Maine, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Massachusetts and Alaska.
“At CITGO, we have the privilege to be involved in projects that we sponsor to help others and unite us in solidarity,” said CITGO Chairman, President and CEO Alejandro Granado. “This is a people-to-people program that comes from the heart of
CITGO’s commitment was developed two years ago in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, when it stepped forward to help communities ravaged by the storms. At the same time, Citizens Energy began hearing from more families struggling to keep pace with rising energy costs, especially during the winter when temperatures dropped and the need for heating fuels increased.
“We approach every major oil company and every OPEC nation each year to ask that a small slice of their record profits go to help the poor,” said Citizens Energy Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy II. “Only one oil company – CITGO – and only one nation –
Citizens Energy, formed by Kennedy during the oil price shocks of the late 1970s, has provided discounted heating oil to the poor and the elderly for almost 30 years. The non-profit energy company has a relationship with
Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, discussing the program, pointed out: “The vision of social responsibility in the energy policy of the
Families interested in receiving the discounted heating oil can call Citizens Energy Corporation at 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-564-4645) or apply online at www.citizensenergy.com . Once approved, the household receives an authorization letter and calls its heating oil dealer to arrange a delivery of up to 100 gallons of heating oil.
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