People’s United Bank,Founded in 1963, the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) represents more than 100 independent heating fuel dealers in the state, that have first hand experience with the growing need for fuel and heating assistance in our communities. The Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program has responded to emergency home fuel situations statewide for over 20 years, and serves as a “safety net” for Vermonters who do not qualify for state sponsored heating assistance programs, but find themselves in dire need. The Patch Chit Program was created in honor of the late David Patch, the owner of Patch’s Petroleum, who was a dedicated and generous community servant. Currently underway is the “Split the Ticket” campaign, which shares the cost of the fuel delivery ticket 50/50 with the participating Patch Chit/Neighbor-in-Need Program fuel dealer. VFDA members who take part in this program agree to donate a delivery of up to 150 gallons of heating oil, kerosene or propane to one of their own customers. If the fuel dealer is unable to indentify a needy customer for “Split the Ticket”, the VFDA will work with other local non-profit organizations to find a recipient. “Thanks to the generosity of Vermont Fuel Dealers, along with local businesses such as Chittenden Bank, the VFDA’s Patch Chit “Split the Ticket” campaign will provide more than 4,000 gallons of heating fuel for Vermonters in need,” said Matt Cota, Executive Director of VFDA.”Chittenden Bank is proud to continue our commitment to the wellbeing of fellow Vermonters by donating $10,000 to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association’s “Split the Ticket” campaign. Nothing is more fundamental than food and fuel, and this year, more than ever, people will need help keeping warm,” said Kathy Schirling, Chittenden Bank Senior Vice President.About the VFDAVFDA represents companies in the business of keeping Vermonters warm. VFDA members sell heating oil, Bio-Heat®, diesel, biodiesel, gasoline, kerosene, wood pellets and propane. Members also sell, install and service a variety of heating systems. VFDA is Vermont’s leading provider of training for energy conservation analysts and heating technicians. For more information visit www.vermontfuel.com(link is external) or call 802-223-7750.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank, which has proudly served individuals and businesses statewide since 1906 is a division of People’s United Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank with $20 billion in assets. People’s United Bank provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of more than 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Bank provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services. For more information please call 800-545-2236 or visit www.chittenden.com(link is external).