Every winter, Community Action agencies assist Kentuckians with millions of dollars in heating aid. WinterCare is critical to keep the heat on through frigid winter months for thousands of households where elderly, disabled, and children reside.
Owen Electric Cooperative works hand in hand with area Community Action Kentucky agencies to help support families in need of financial assistance to keep their heat on through its WinterCare program. Owen Electric members can designate a donation to the WinterCare fund on their electric bill; Owen Electric matches its members' donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000 each year.
With yearly budget cuts to LIHEAP, donations from those who have a few spare dollars to give are critical for this winter season. Many of the people who benefited from the program last year may not be able to receive assistance this winter.
Owen Electric is working closely with the Community Action Kentucky network to prepare families and help them stay warm this winter. Households with vulnerable people, particularly elderly, those with disabilities and small children are being advised to take the following steps:
Explore the possibility of setting up a budget plan with your energy provider.
Consider taking advantage of an energy efficiency program provided by your energy provider or your local Community Action Agency.
Practice energy conservation.
Exercise good saving habits and find out about possible personal and family budget counseling available at your local Community Action Agency.
For more information about what the funding reduction means for Kentucky, please contact your local Community Action Agency or Community Action Kentucky by visiting www.capky.org.
All donations are tax deductible. When paying your bill by check and using the bill payment stub, please indicate the additional amount you wish to designate to the WinterCare program in the appropriate box. If you would like to send a separate check, please denote that it is for WinterCare. Be aware that payments made online or through a bill pay source have no way of indicating an additional donation to be made to WinterCare.
If you are an Owen Electric member and would like to take advantage of a free energy audit, call (800) 372-7612 to schedule, or sign up online HERE.