The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund (GNEF) is available to eligible candidates. The Fund helps households in temporary crisis with the payment of their energy expenses. GNEF’s “Give the Gift of Warmth” campaign goal this year is to raise $500,000 and assist more than 1,500 households. The Fund is often the last resort for families who do not qualify for federal and state assistance programs. The Salvation Army, which administers the Fund, pays energy providers directly for households with a gross income between 60 and 80 percent of the state’s median levels. For example, a household of four needs a total gross yearly income between $66,115 and $88,153 to qualify. This campaign year’s Fund disbursement is $425 per eligible household per heating season. To apply to the Fund for assistance, visit your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center, or call 800.334.3047. Participating energy companies support their respective customers’ generosity through various giving programs. Braintree residents who wish to support the Fund can“Give the Gift of Warmth” by using the green donation envelope found in February electric bills, donating online at magoodneighbor.org, or mailing a check to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund,” c/o The Salvation Army, 25 Shawmut Road,Canton, Massachusetts 02021-1408.