Share the Warmth helps families

Published Friday, March 23, 2018

Share the Warmth keeps energy flowing

Mecklenburg County - It’s been a cold winter and 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 has provided the agency $116,434 to aid qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance.

“Crisis Assistance Ministry is grateful to Duke's customers, employees and the Duke Energy Foundation for this support," said Carol Hardison, chief executive officer of Crisis Assistance Ministry. "Share the Warmth funds are a critical part of the mix that keeps hardworking families in their homes with their utilities on, no matter what the weather."

For more than 30 years, Duke Energy has provided over $35.6 million in heating bill assistance through Share the Warmth. Funding for the program comes from Duke Energy customers, employees and the Duke Energy Foundation. The company annually matches up to $500,000 in employee and customer contributions during the heating season.

“We recognize that many of our neighbors will struggle to pay their winter heating bills,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “It’s important to us to provide support to those customers who need it most through assistance programs like Share the Warmth, and we greatly appreciate those who partner with us on contributions.”

In 2017, Duke Energy, its employees and customers provided $1.2 million in bill assistance to North Carolina and South Carolina customers through Share the Warmth.

More than 80 local agencies across the Duke Energy Carolinas service territory receive funds from Share the Warmth.