Thursday, October 8, 2009

Work with Pathways to Spirit to Provide Heating Assistance This Winter

On Friday October 9th, the first winter storm whipped across the reservation. It was 11 degrees F, the winds were blowing at 20-30 mph. During the next few months, the demand for heating assistance will increase. We cannot leave people to freeze.

This year, we encourage our members to support the programs of Pathways to Spirit--for utilities assistance, in particular. North and South Dakota winters are usually cold and long. Families need our help to meet their basic needs.

The most common form of heating fuel is propane. At this time the minimum propane order costs $125, which only lasts a couple of weeks and smaller deliveries will not be accommodated. Wood burning is also popular, however wood is expensive and difficult to get. Federal and tribal heat assistance programs are limited by their funding. Last year the average one-time assistance to a family, if they could get it, was $200-$300 and for many that would not even fill their propane tanks one time.

Donations for heat are critical; every year there are deaths from freezing to death in the night. This is preventable! Please donate online at or send a check or money order to:

Pathways To Spirit
4307 Goldeneye Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526

REMEMBER to specify that you are supporting the utilities assistance program.

Pathways to Spirit is a federally recognized 501C3 non-profit organization, and as such your direct donations are tax deductible. All donations receive a receipt for tax purposes. For more information, contact

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