The Heating Oil Program provides residents an important break from the hefty costs of heating their homes during the cold months of the year. CVRF staff work with local governing bodies to identify all heads of households and work with heating oil vendors directly for the distribution of this benefit.
Each winter, CVRF distributes much-needed heating oil and other necessities to elders living in the region as part of its longstanding Elder Program. CVRF distributed 46 gallons of heating oil and 60 pounds of high-quality meat from an Alaskan butcher shop to more than 720 elders in the communities. The value of these items per person totals roughly $548, and CVRF spent about $396,000 on the Elder Program in 2018.
In 2018, CVRF awarded more than $385,000 in funding to local organizations that submitted approved project plans for community and economic development projects that largely contributed to community safety efforts.
CVRF helps alleviate the burden of funeral costs for region residents burying family members in one of the 20 CVRF communities. Families may receive up to $500 for assistance with purchasing food and necessities for the funeral feast, and up to $500 for burial assistance. Burial assistance can help with casket purchase, air freight of the casket or materials for local casket building. In 2018, CVRF contributed more than $50,000 for assistance with 51 funerals