Friday, Apr 15, 2016
Stephen H. Bryant, President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, will be honored as the 2016 Hero in Action by the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. Mr. Bryant will be recognized for championing the importance of increasing the energy efficiency of low-income households as an effective method to lower heating costs.
“Stephen Bryant is a hero in action in Greater Lawrence for his leadership and commitment to helping people stay warm in the winter. Our agency provides fuel assistance to low-income households, and we partner with Mr. Bryant and Columbia Gas to help our clients stretch those dollars by weatherizing their homes and retain heat during the cold winters,” said Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director of GLCAC.
"We recognize that some customers are struggling to cope with household finances and winter heating bills. As their neighbor and energy provider, we consider it our fundamental responsibility to assist customers with managing their heating bills and keeping energy costs reasonable and affordable," said Bryant.
During the record-breaking 2015 winter season, GLCAC certified 9,490 households for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, repaired 159 broken boilers and replaced 58 heating systems in low-income homes. Under Bryant’s leadership, Columbia Gas also works closely with GLCAC to prevent and minimize gas service disruptions for low-income clients.
The award will be presented to Bryant on the evening of Friday, April 29, at the GLCAC Heroes in Action Annual Fundraiser at the Andover Country Club. For information on tickets and sponsorships, please contact Yvonne Salcedo firstname.lastname@example.org or at (978) 620-4702.
GLCAC is a multi-faceted social services agency that assists 29,000 individuals annually through a range of critical programs. GLCAC services include early childhood education, fuel assistance, WIC nutrition assistance, homelessness prevention, immigration services, lead poisoning prevention, child abuse prevention, English-language lessons, and consumer protection.