Groups Join Forces to Donate Heating Unit to Charlottesville Woman
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A woman in Charlottesville has been living without heat in her home since November.
Now, she’ll be able to stay warm thanks to the generosity of the community.
Joyce Calloway has been getting by with heaters and blankets, but now she has a new air conditioner and furnace unit to make up for all those chilly nights.
The donation was made possible by the first-ever Beck Cohen Cares Day.
Calloway says the heating system she previously had started acting up halfway through winter and it didn’t make the house as warm as she would’ve liked, and this new one is much better.
“I’m really happy about it,” Calloway said.
She applied for assistance from Albemarle Housing Improvement (AHIP) back in November and says she was surprised when she received help so quickly.
"We have about 400 families – households - on our waiting list in Charlottesville and Albemarle, so we work in the city and the county, so it can be difficult to choose people,” Jennifer Jacobs, the executive director of AHIP, said.
The project cost almost $11,000, but Calloway won't have to pay a penny.
Ten more families living in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will also receive assistance.