Pictou County Fuel Fund Information

“No Child Shall Go Cold in Pictou County”


The Pictou County Fuel Fund has launched its fundraising program for the 2019-20 season.  We are requesting that all schools in the Celtic Family consider “adopting a family” that will require assistance from the Fuel Fund this winter by donating $300 (the amount of furnace oil, wood or pellets provided to a family who qualifies for assistance).

In the past, schools have held fundraisers to contribute to the Fuel Fund by having:

  • Popcorn or ice cream sales,
  • Collecting donations at concerts, dances, jars in classrooms, etc.
  • Producing and selling CDs,
  • Playing dodgeball or hockey games between two classes or schools,
  • Auctions, Art nights, asking for sponsors from companies
  • Staff inviting parents to contribute to the Fuel Fund in lieu of teacher gifts at Christmas time.***


In some cases, these efforts came about as a direct result of school staff hearing young children share their stories of having no heat in their homes. It is a real and unfortunate need that we cannot ignore.

Below are some fundamental principles of the Pictou County Fuel Fund:

  • During the 2018-19 season, almost $60,000 worth of fuel was delivered to approximately 200 needy families in Pictou County.
  • 99% of every dollar raised goes directly towards the purchase of fuel for Pictou County residents who find themselves in short term EMERGENCY situation and simply cannot afford to their homes.
  • The application process for assistance is very carefully supervised to ensure that only those who are truly in need of support get the support.
  • The Fuel Fund has no guaranteed corporate donations, although we have companies that do generously donate to the fund.  While we depend on these donations, we also rely on donations from individuals, service clubs, municipalities and schools.


For the past four years, we have welcomed senior high students to the Fuel Fund Board. These students have done an amazing job creating awareness and generating funds for the direct benefit of Pictou County students and their families. This year Grade 12 student from Pictou Academy, Elias MacMillan and hopefully one ( we need your help to find) from each of our big high schools are willing to field questions from any of your schools or send you a short presentation on the Fuel Fund to help generate fundraising ideas with Student Councils or Leadership groups.  You can contact me at Pictou Academy by calling 902-485-7200 ext. 1061 or email me at dicksonda@ccrce.ca



We would invite and encourage all schools in the Celtic family to contribute to this real and important need within our community.  Donations may be mailed directly to:


Pictou County Fuel Fund,

c/o John Crosby, CA

74 Stellarton Rd.

New Glasgow, NS B2H 1L8.


They can also be dropped off at Summer Street Industries, 72 Park Street, New Glasgow.

We thank you in advance for your generous support.


Yours sincerely,



Debralee Dickson