CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — You've heard of food banks and blood banks, but in northern New England, many communities also help needy residents get through cold winters with wood banks.
Run by church groups, social service agencies and towns, some of the firewood banks make home deliveries, while others are self-serve. All rely on volunteers to cut, split and pile up the wood, and make sure it gets to those who need it.
The community wood banks or pantries are aimed at those who don't qualify for federal fuel assistance or find themselves in a mid-winter emergency and don't have time for the application process. Nearly 18 percent of Vermont homes are heated with wood, compared with just under 14 percent in Maine, 8.5 percent in New Hampshire and 2 percent nationwide.