A utility relief fund has been established by the Newtown Rotary Foundation. The donations will go toward helping families that are unable to afford their utility bills and have fallen behind in payments due to illness, unemployment, or reduced employment income due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Newtown Department of Human Services will accept requests for assistance and will determine need. Requests for assistance will be kept private and will only be known by the Case Workers. Payments will be made directly to the Utility Company on behalf of any approved applicant. A maximum benefit of $100 per household is in place until additional funds become available. The initial funding of $5,000 comes from the Newtown Rotary Foundation. Up to an additional $5,000 is available for matching any contributions from the public.