Manager’s Report – April 2018
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
During the March Board of Director’s meeting, representatives from the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council, Inc. Community Action Partnership (CAP) updated staff and the Board on their important work, and informed us that our community has already exhausted all its funds for energy assistance for the year.
Even though our rates are the lowest in the region, and some of the lowest in the state, that doesn’t mean that people still don’t occasionally need help with their energy bills. We understand fully that the cost per unit of measurement (kilowatt hours) is only one aspect, and that the amount of energy used, via energy consumption, is what can make an energy bill larger from one season to the next. That is why we work hard to provide opportunities for energy conservation, and very soon, other options such as prepay or other programs to help our customer-owners in need. One other way we do that is through our “Neighbor to Neighbor” program. This program gives a helping hand to customers who are struggling to pay their electric bills.
One hundred percent of customer donations stay in our community!
Eligible households who do not qualify for other state or federal assistance may receive up to $125 in a 12-month period. Eligibility is established according to federally defined poverty levels and verification of eligibility is determined by CAP.
You can sign up to have a small monthly contribution of $1, $2, or $5 automatically added to your bill each month, or you can make your contribution on a separate check made payable to “Neighbor to Neighbor.” All contributions are tax deductible.
Please consider joining me in supporting some of our fellow community members in this manner.