Heat Bank Haliburton County
Heat Bank Haliburton County is a new community initiative with a mission to increase the supply of and ease of access to emergency fuel (wood, propane and wood) for vulnerable residents of Haliburton County. We are made up of a network of community agencies, organizations, community members and companies who are committed to ensuring that residents within Haliburton County have access to emergency heat when they need it. We recognize that struggling households can be faced with many challenges and our aim is to eliminate the need to have to sacrifice on heat in order to purchase other necessities.
Heat Bank Haliburton County is overseen by A Place Called Home in Minden.
Part of our Heat Bank Haliburton County initiative is to provide emergency wood through various Wood Banks. We currently have four locations throughout Haliburton County including two locations in Haliburton, one in Highlands East and our own in Gelert (Minden).
For more information on what we do and how you can help Heat Bank Haliburton County CLICK HERE
How our Wood Bank system works and how you can help
Here's some pictures of our preparation during the summers of 2013/14 at our Gelert location.
Our Mission: To provide emergency wood to those who run out and have no means to replace it.
How The Wood Banks Works:
How You Can Help:
Emergency Wood for those that need help...now!
Many people in our area heat with wood. While it seems there is a lot of it around in a place like Haliburton County. Seasoned wood is expensive and often people aren't able to cut and split their own.
In many cases, they cannot afford to have a secondary (or primary) source of heat like a furnace. Often they have to rely on electric baseboard heaters which are cheap to buy but expensive to operate.
It is sad to realize that there are families living in our midst whose children are living and sleeping in their snow suits (we've seen it) because mom and dad cannot afford to get more wood for the fire and cannot afford the electric bill. Often parents must choose between paying bills, feeding everyone and keeping the house warm.
Seniors also struggle. They are living on fixed incomes. When a health issue arises they spend funds on trips to doctors or hospitals and then they can’t buy wood. We've witnessed seniors who live in the kitchen of the home because their electric stove is all the heat they have.
Help us keep The Wood Bank full.