Share the Warmth funds help families keep power flowing

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2017

With the return of cold temps expected this weekend, Crisis Assistance Ministry wants families to know there are resources available to help with winter heating bills. Through its Share the Warmth program, Duke Energy today presented Crisis Assistance Ministry with $94,004 to aid qualified senior citizens, families, and other customers with energy costs.

For the past 31 years, Duke Energy employees and customers have partnered to lend a hand to those struggling to pay their winter energy bills. The company annually matches up to $500,000 in employee and customer contributions during the heating season, which is distributed to agencies administering financial assistance for energy bills.   

In Mecklenburg County, Crisis Assistance Ministry is the Lead Agency for emergency assistance for low-income residents facing financial crisis.  In 2016, more than 20,000 families received assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, household goods, beds, furniture, or appliances through the agency.

 “We greatly appreciate the many customers and Duke Energy employees who contribute to Share the Warmth and our other energy assistance programs each year,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Their generous support provides a meaningful impact for thousands of people across the Carolinas.”

In 2016, Duke Energy, its employees and customers provided $1,400,000 in bill assistance to North Carolina and South Carolina customers through Share the Warmth. Since the program’s establishment in 1985, it has provided more than $34 million in heating bill assistance.

Families in need of assistance with energy bills can find information at crisisassistance.org/gethelp