As the heat has risen, so has the use of air conditioners in south Mississippi. The increased energy use can lead to increased power bills. Some relief is now available for our elderly neighbors and those who cannot pay their power bill thanks to Singing River Electric (S.R.E.) members participating in Neighbors Helping Neighbors Energy Assistance (N.H.N.E.A.), an emergency utility assistance program.
A $6,000 donation was made Tuesday, June 25th, to United Way for Jackson & George Counties and Catholic Social and Community Services.
“The donation was comprised of a grant and donations from Singing River Electric members participating in the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Energy Assistance (N.H.N.E.A.) program,” said Lorri Freeman, manager of public relations for Singing River Electric. “The money helps assist those who cannot pay their power bill and it comes from the generosity of neighbors right here at home.”
S.R.E. member donations are awarded to United Way for Jackson & George Counties and the program is then administered by Catholic Social & Community Services. Contributions are on a one-time annual distribution to eligible S.R.E. members who cannot pay their power bill.
Singing River Electric members can easily assist N.H.N.E.A. by checking the box at the top right of their billing statement. Donations range from 1¢ to 99¢ each month as a participating member’s billing statement is then rounded to the next whole dollar. More information about N.H.N.E.A. can be found at S.R.E.’s website located at www.singingeriver.com.
United Way for Jackson & George Counties helps to fund 21 local agencies and programs and it proud to assist with the donation. “The funds will go a long way to assist those in need here in our communities,” said United Way for Jackson and George Counties CEO Carolyn Moore. “It is a fine example of how we can better help others when we LIVE UNITED.”