City of Tifton participates in HEAT program for 8th year

City of Tifton participates in HEAT program for 8th year

The Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT), Inc. helps address the energy needs of low-income Georgians by joining forces with concerned citizens, businesses, as well as state and local governments. During the past 35 years, HEAT, Inc. has been fortunate enough to receive more than $24 million in donations to assist nearly 100,000 families and individuals in need. This past winter, HEAT donors made it possible for more than $741,000 to be available for low-income Georgians needing help with heating bills.

Among the many concerned citizens who donate to HEAT, City of Tifton residents continue to show true compassion for their neighbors in need. Collectively, citizen donations averaged nearly $3,000 annually since it has partnered with HEAT to help less fortunate families and individuals during the colder months. Last winter in Tift and surrounding counties, 60 households were served with $20,379 in energy assistance funds.

“It has truly been a pleasure having Tifton as a municipal partner through the years,” said Jeffrey Joseph, executive director of HEAT. “The City’s administration has been very reliable in promoting HEAT’s cause to engage residents. Because of that effort to gain community support, Tifton has won five HEAT Awards from the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia based on donations from its utility customers,” he added.

HEAT will begin a new distribution of energy assistance funds this winter with the aim of surpassing last year’s funding. Tifton utility customers will receive a letter in their October bill asking them to donate to HEAT, Inc. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 451008, Atlanta, GA 31145 or made online at For more information, please contact HEAT at 678-406-0212 or Tifton residents can also call the City of Tifton at 229-391-3957.