Energy Share of Wyoming Kicks Off for 2018-2019
Energy Share applications are available at the Salvation Army office.
Raising more than $50,000 and assisting more than 150 families statewide are among goals of Energy Share of Wyoming, which kicks-off its 2018-19 season Saturday, December 1st.
Fifteen Wyoming businesses, organizations and communities sponsor the program that assists individuals with energy-related emergencies when unusual circumstances create financial needs not met through existing assistance programs. Funding comes from voluntary contributions for the program that runs through spring 2019 or until funds are depleted.
During its 30th season last year, Energy Share raised more than $56,000 in private and corporate donations to assist 155 households throughout Wyoming. Recipients of funding resided in 15 of Wyoming’s 23 counties, with an average bill being paid of $306.
According to Mike Morrissey, an Energy Share member from Rocky Mountain Power, “We are very fortunate in Wyoming to have so many generous people who want to help their neighbors through difficult times. Over the years, our program has been very successful and been able to assist thousands of families in need.”
A nonprofit organization, Energy Share of Wyoming is a partnership of numerous organizations, utilities and businesses. Sponsoring groups include The Salvation Army; Montana/Dakota Utilities Co.; Rocky Mountain Power; Black Hills Energy; Townsquare Media Group; Wyoming Rural Electric Association; City of Gillette; Town of Lusk; Dominion Energy; Align; City of Powell; Kelly Rizley Advertising & PR; Black Hills Corporation; Powder River Energy Corp.; and Rocky Mountain PERC.
Energy Share funding is available to assist with payment for energy bills when all other resources and assistance have been exhausted. First priority goes to individuals and families at or above 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Special consideration is given to senior citizens and the disabled. Energy Share provides for a one-time expenditure of up to $400 per household for electric costs. Additionally, Rocky Mountain PERC has donated funds to support a one-time payment this season for propane customers of up to $400. When propane fueled households are granted support, the total available funds for a qualifying household cannot exceed $600. All applicants must be Wyoming residents.
Funding decisions are made by The Salvation Army, which reviews applications and assesses eligibility based on need, lack of other resources and available Energy Share funds. Individuals interested in applying for funds should contact their local Salvation Army at (307) 682-6982, or call toll-free 1-877-461-5719, to determine your local Salvation Army field representative.
For those wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution, sponsoring utilities include instructions in their fall and winter billing statements. In areas without a sponsoring utility, individuals may send their tax-deductible donations to Energy Share of Wyoming, c/o Align, 1401 Airport Parkway Suite 300, Cheyenne, WY 82001-1543.
For more information, contact Leslie Blythe, Past President at (307) 259-6904.
2018-19 SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS AND UTILITIES (listed in order of actual entry date)
The Salvation Army
Rocky Mountain Power
Black Hills Energy
Townsquare Media Group
Wyoming Rural Electric Association
City of Gillette
Town of Lusk
City of Powell
Kelly Rizley Advertising & PR
Powder River Energy Corporation
Rocky Mountain PERC