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Date Released: 7/16/2010
Subject: Senior Firewood Project Begins
Contact: Sgt. Marco Luna
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Brenda Godsey, PIO

Location: Humboldt County

The Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) and the Humboldt Senior Resource Center are pleased to announce the start of the annual Senior Wood Project. The project allows for the distribution of low-cost firewood to moderate or low-income senior citizens over 55 whose primary source of heat is firewood. The program began in January of 1991 and since then, SWAP has distributed approximately 15,700 cords of low-cost firewood to those in need.

The program will operate on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting Saturday, August 07, 2010 through Saturday, December 18, 2010 or until the wood is gone. The wood can be picked up behind the General Hospital Campus at 2200 Harrison Ave., Eureka, at the SWAP wood lot.

The wood is sold on a voucher system, according to income. Vouchers can be purchased at the following locations and times:

Monday through Thursday (beginning Monday, July 19)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Humboldt Senior Resource Center
1910 California St.
Eureka, CA

Thursday July 22
1:30 P.M. – 3:30 p.m.
McKinleyville Senior Center
1620 Pickett Rd
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Tuesday July 20
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church
2132 Smith Lane
Fortuna, CA 95540

Wednesday July 21
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Healy Center
456 Briceland Road
Redway, CA

Monday July 19
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday July 22
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Arcata Community Center
321 Community Parkway
Arcata, CA 95521

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following local businesses and municipalities for their support and donations to the Sheriff’s Senior Wood Project: Cal-Trans, Humboldt County Roads Department, California State Parks, Humboldt County Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Cities of Eureka, Blue Lake, Fortuna, Arcata, and Trinidad, Blue Lake Garbage, Green Diamond Resource Company, the McKinleyville Skeet Club, the drivers of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, and the citizens of Humboldt County who have donated time and wood to this worthwhile program.

For more information about this program or to find out the cost of the vouchers and/or which senior citizen may qualify for this program, please call the Humboldt Senior Resource Center at 443-9747, ext. 1228.