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LIHEAP Video Storytelling: Prioritizing Human Need


For many families, the changing colors of leaves and cool breezes of the Fall are welcome reminders that summer is over and the seasons are changing. But, for many other American families, the change in season incites the ned to begin thinking about the upcoming winter season. Families with young children at home, senior citizens, veterans and the disabled–many of these individuals and families who care for them use programs like LIHEAP to stay safe and warm through chilly months.


In an 8-piece video series, we will be sharing with you some of the industry’s leading voices and supporters of LIHEAP, their forward-thinking focus on the program and what it means for your community.


In this fourth video segment, we meet with Ernie Flores, Executive Dir , Central Valley Opportunity Center, Central California.


Notable & Quotable:

“They need to prioritize the human needs that we know are in their districts, that they need to provide help to the less fortunate, and that their actions can be the difference between the economic collapse of a family or not.  We’ve got children at stake, vulnerable senior citizens that use our services that need LIHEAP, we have veteran households – both young, that are returning from our wars now, and the older ones that are now disabled – almost 25% of the households we serve have a Veteran in the household.  And of course, Senior citizens are becoming more and more prevalent in LIHEAP households that are struggling to keep the heating and cooling going.”  – Ernie Flores



Want to get in on the action? Tweet @LIHEAPCampaign with the hashtag #whyLIHEAP and let us know why this program is so important to you!

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