More Conn. Families Will Stay Warm This Winter—GoodWorks Insurance and CEMA Give to Operation Fuel


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Left-right:  Ed Ryan of GoodWorks Insurance, Kim O’Brien Green of Operation Fuel and CEMA’s Peter Russell

Operation Fuel has received a $9,000 donation in addition to the $5,000 it previously received from GoodWorks Insurance and the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) last winter. The funds will be used to help lower-income Connecticut families stay warm this winter.


GoodWorks Insurance in Glastonbury matched the $4,500 provided by Cromwell-based CEMA and its members.  The check was presented at CEMA’s recent holiday party.

“Operation Fuel is a lifesaver because one in five in Connecticut residents has difficulty paying for energy,” said GoodWorks Insurance senior vice president Ed Ryan.

“Home heating oil dealers across Connecticut are honored to contribute to Operation Fuel’s mission to help people in need of energy assistance. It’s part of CEMA’s mission too,” said CEMA chair Peter Russell, who’s also president of Santa Fuel in Bridgeport.

“We’re incredibly grateful to GoodWorks Insurance, CEMA, and its members for stepping up so generously.  This much-needed support will help many Connecticut households this winter who are struggling with their energy needs,” said Kim O’Brien Green, Operation Fuel’s director of development.

GoodWorks will make an additional grant of $5,000 in the first quarter of 2019 and match up to $5,000 more from CEMA members by next September, Ryan announced.

Headquartered in Glastonbury, GoodWorks Insurance is an independent insurance agency with branch offices in New Milford, Avon, and Columbia, Connecticut, and in Walnut Creek, California. It offers home, auto and business insurance, surety bonds and group health insurance.

GoodWorks donates 50 percent of its annual operating profit to local charities. Its mission of “Purpose Beyond Profit” is fulfilled through GoodWorks Community Grants and strategic partnerships with leading nonprofit groups.  More information is on the web at

CEMA, based in Cromwell, Conn., consists of 585 Connecticut home heating oil dealers and gasoline distributors. It works to support and protect the hundreds of thousands of consumers its members serve in Connecticut. For more information, visit

Operation Fuel, which is based in Hartford, is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round emergency energy assistance throughout Connecticut to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in a financial crisis.  Anyone who needs energy assistance should call 211.  For more information on Operation Fuel, or to make a donation, visit

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