Everyone struggles with something at some point in their lives, but many of our neighbors, particularly senior adults, struggle each month to afford the bare necessities.
Senior citizens and the disabled are primarily at risk because many live on low fixed incomes. They are very susceptible to unexpected expenses such as home repairs or above average utility bills. The weather can be a contributing factor when utility bills are higher than normal. Depending on the temperatures, heating and cooling costs can rise rapidly during the winter and summer months.
When something happens to interrupt a fixed income budget, people may be forced to decide between staying comfortable or getting their prescriptions filled. It can be a frightening experience for those less fortunate, but there is something we can do to help people in need.
Project SHARE is an energy assistance program. It helps needy people pay their utility bills during tough times. You can support Project SHARE by agreeing to have $1 or more added to your Covington Electric Cooperative bill each month and this money will be sent directly to distributing agencies.
To qualify for Project SHARE, applicants must be 62 years old or older, and head of household, or be disabled under the Social Security standards and head of household. They must also meet Project SHARE income guidelines and prove their need for assistance.
You can feel good about your contributions to this worthwhile program because strict requirements ensure that only the truly needy people receive assistance. Also, payments are made directly to the energy provider so you know the money is being used for its intended purpose. If you would like to contribute to Project SHARE, please contact CEC.