CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Starts 5th Season in New York City
Jan 15, 2010
The event took place at the historic
“CITGO is very proud to mark the fifth anniversary of our Heating Oil Program, our flagship social development initiative, which is in alignment with the solidarity principles endorsed by the government of the
“Today is a good day and this is a good place to launch our program and celebrate social justice. It is the 81st birthday of Dr. King and CITGO is thus re-affirming its commitment to supporting low-income people and issues of social justice,” Granado said.
“Our program helps thousands of households, tribal communities and shelters in the
The CITGO president and CEO highlighted that approximately 50,000 families and 39 shelters received assistance from the program in
In carrying out the program, CITGO has partnered with Citizens Programs Corporation, a non-profit organization created by Joseph P. Kennedy II during the oil price shocks of the late 1970s.
“Every year, we hear from families who struggle each and every day to put food on the table and heat their homes,” said Kennedy. “The economic downturn has made the situation even worse. Parents have lost jobs. Families have lost health care along with their employment. More and more people are turning to programs like ours to keep their families warm.
“We are deeply grateful to CITGO Petroleum and the people of
On this 5th anniversary of the program, it is fitting to reflect on the historical origins of this initiative. The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program came about in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, as a response to the clamor of thousands of low-income people in the
This plea triggered an open letter on Oct. 27, 2005 from 12
Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez pointed out that the sustained need for heating assistance in the
“Just as the govern
“While we have the possibility to help, it is our responsibility to continue helping low-inco
“We’re proud to be able to extend this hand of friendship and assistance to the people of the
Families interested in receiving free heating oil can call Citizens Programs Corporation at 1-877-JOE-4-OIL (1-877-563-4645) 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.
CITGO, based in
For more information visit www.citgo.com