The WinterCare Energy Fund was established in Kentucky in 1983, when local community action agencies and local utility companies partnered up to help address the needs of low-income Kentuckians to heat their homes. The program helps individuals that cannot be assisted through other heating programs but demonstrate financial need. This innovative program also gives residential utility customers the opportunity to help low income families simply by contributing through their monthly bill. In most cases, the utility matches that tax-deductible contribution before sending it to WinterCare. Currently 31 utilities and 22 community action agencies (CAAs) serving 119 of the state's 120 counties participate in WinterCare, which is managed by Community Action Council in Lexington and administered by community action agencies to provide assistance across Kentucky.