Thanks to GoodWorks Insurance, with an office in the New Milford village center, Operation Fuel has more funds to pursue its cause.

Operation Fuel recently received a donation of $20,985, of which GoodWorks donated $15,000.

The local insurance business collaborated with the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, which contributed $5,985.

GoodWorks had launched the initiative by pledging a $10,000 donation to Operation Fuel and promising to match up to $5,000 in donations from CEMA's member companies.

"We were very pleased to have members of CEMA join with GoodWorks in support of Operation Fuel," said GoodWorks' chief operating officer, Paul Brian, who organized the initiative, "and Connecticut residents who desperately needed assistance paying their energy bills during this winter's extreme conditions."

CEMA was pleased with GoodWorks' cause.

"CEMA is so happy GoodWorks and the home heating oil dealers in our state were able to contribute to Operation Fuel's mission," said CEMA President Chris Herb, "to ensure people in need have access to energy assistance."

GoodWorks is a regional independent insurance agency headquartered in Glastonbury, with offices in Columbia and New Milford.

For information about GoodWorks, visit www.goodworksinsurance.com.

CEMA is based in Cromwell and comprises 585 Connecticut home heating oil dealers and gasoline distributors.

For more information on CEMA, visit www.ctema.com.

Operation Fuel provides emergency energy assistance throughout the state to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly and disabled individuals who are not eligible for energy assistance from government-funded programs.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.operationfuel.org.