Editor's Update: Please note, this is a story from 2011 - we have been informed that the United Way no longer distributes free firewood.
FREE WOOD AVAILABLE VIA “PROJECT STAY WARM” PROJECT STAY WARM supplies free wood to low-income individuals and families who rely on firewood to heat their homes. This collaboration created by United Way of Yavapai County, Arizona Public Service and the American Red Cross has helped many hundreds of people since the program began in 2006.
This year, wood is available on Saturday’s beginning October 29, November 5, November 12 and November 19 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the American Red Cross office located at 1020 Sandretto Drive in Prescott. Only Yavapai County citizens with an Arizona Department of Economic Security QUEST card, or individuals earning less than $1,200 a month or families earning less than $1,800 a month and qualified through a county non-profit agency are eligible. APS crews cut and trim trees all year to protect its transmission lines. In late October, APS delivers it to the American Red Cross for distribution. “Project Stay Warm is one of the most rewarding ways we give back to our communities. Some folks totally rely on this program to keep them warm during our cold winters,” said Jeff Spohn, APS Forestry Director.
United Way of Yavapai County coordinates the distribution of the wood and recruits and manages the volunteers. “Project Stay Warm is one of our Community Impact Initiatives that shows how collaborations can create programs that help where no agency alone can,” said Melanie Jacobson, Acting Executive Director for United Way. “We qualify and coordinate delivery, APS collects and donates the wood, and the American Red Cross provides a secure distribution location to fill this critical need – low-income people needing free firewood to heat their homes.”
Wood is distributed by appointment only and must be made in advance. To sign up as a volunteer or to schedule wood pickup, please call United Way at (928) 778-6605.