Energy assistance program available for folks in need

Electric and power bill assistance

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The unexpected cold weather means punching up that thermostat or using extra utilities to keep warm. And that means higher electric bills. For people who are elderly or disabled, it could mean they need assistance in paying for that higher charge.

Alabama Power is one of the utilities in the area to offer programs that can help people pay their utility and energy bills.

"This is the time of year when there are people in need. It’s also the time of year when we have a lot of people who are blessed,” said Ike Pigott with Alabama Power.

One of the ways the blessed can help those with energy bill assistance is donating to Project Share. On your power bill online, there’s a place in the payment options where you can enroll and donate. The money goes directly to Project Share through the Salvation Army. The program, says Savation Army rep Larry Dancy, is for the elderly and disabled population to aid in paying for high energy bills.

“With this cold snap, it’s going to be pretty difficult for some folks to pay their bills next month because they will have to turn the heat up a little higher. If you find yourself in that situation where you will need extra help, you can call the Salvation Army and we can direct you to the right place,” said Dancy.

The project currently serves thousands in the state of Alabama. And in Birmingham, the JCCEO also helps those in need.

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