Indiana 211 is a great resource to connect residents with assistance programs close to home.
INDIANAPOLIS - With the winter season quickly approaching, many Hoosiers are switching on their furnaces. The lower temperatures mean an increase in heating and energy costs, and Indiana offers low-income households financial assistance to keep everyone warm through its Energy Assistance Program.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program provides a one-time annual benefit to residents who need help paying for utility costs associated with electricity and their primary heating source. Applications are available online at in.gov/ihcda and remain open through May 16, 2022.
It's important to note this assistance will not cover all winter energy costs, and there's a process to determine eligibility for each applicant, so Hoosiers should continue paying what they can on utility bills. Indiana law prohibits utility companies from disconnecting residential services from Dec. 1 to March 15 every year for customers who are eligible for assistance and have applied. Residents should always contact their utility provider to discuss payment options to avoid service disconnection.
Indiana 211 is a great resource to connect residents with assistance programs close to home. Simply call 211 any hour of the day or night, seven days a week, to speak confidentially with someone who can find an appropriate resource. The service goes beyond utility assistance to include help for everything from food and clothing to mental health. Learn more online at in211.communityos.org.
All Hoosiers deserve to be warm this winter, and anyone struggling to make ends meet should reach out for help. For more information, contact your local energy provider and ask about energy assistance or conservation programs. An additional list of energy-saving tips and other resources can be found at incap.org.
2022 is the Year of Stones and Crystals with Carisa Bunten of Seventh Street Gifts. The first program of the year will focus on the stone garnet- the traditional birthstone of January. It also is the stone of commitment. Learn more about this deeply hued semi-precious stone. To receive a stone you must register. You will receive an email when your stone is ready for pick up. Supplies limited. Then watch a video to learn more about garnet on the LPLD YouTube channel starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Register: www.lpld.lib.in.us/calendar. Adults. Free. You may need to register by phone while the library district switches to a new online reservation system.
Date: January 22, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
If you would like to learn how to build a trail by helping to create a trail at one of our preserves, then come on out! Please register at Eventbrite so we know how many will be there and, if it rains, we know who to contact if we have to postpone. Thanks!
This event is free, but please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/215004533347
This month’s Nature Volunteer Day is at Riverview Nature Preserve in Hanover, Indiana. Our tasks for this day will be to begin building trails. Please wear appropriate shoes, hat, and clothing. Bring your own work gloves and bottle of water. We will be able to refill our water bottles. Bug spray with DEET will be available as well. We will start at 1:00 pm and end by 3:00 pm. You can park at in the drive and along the street at 1100 S Riverview Drive. In the event of high winds or other inclement weather that creates an environment not conducive for building trails, we will postpone the work day to a later date. Feel free to bring a snack or lunch to enjoy.
The Strengthening Families Program is a 7 week program. The sessions consist of the first hour when parents/caregivers and youth meet separately with facilitators. Facilitators lead guided discussions with parents, focusing on improving family interactions. Youth participate in games and activities that teach them how to get along with peers, siblings, and parents/caregivers. During the second hour, parents/caregivers and youth meet as a family. Families bond by participating in activities and projects that develop communication and problem-solving skills. Families learn to help youth deal with peer pressure, improve communication skills, solve problems individually and as a family, and how to better enjoy time together.