Project SHARE to aid seniors with utility costsPublished 6:34pm Thursday, December 26, 2013
The American Red Cross is looking to help seniors get through the chill of winter.
The American Red Cross Alabama Lakes Chapter and Alabama Power are teaming up once again for Project SHARE (Service to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy).
Doris Black, administrative assistant for the Alabama Lakes Chapter, said the program helps those in need manage the cost of utility bills, such as electricity and gas.
“Project SHARE is aimed at those who are on Social Security or disability and it is for utility assistance,” Black said. “We will not be doing propane again this year. We have in the past, but we will not be doing it this year. If they have natural gas, we can help them with that.”
Project SHARE is in its 30th year, and it provides energy assistance to elderly and disabled Alabamians in peak winter and summer months.
The program assists Alabamians in 59 counties statewide.
In 2011-2012, more than 15,000 Alabama residents were served with a combined winter/summer disbursement of more than $1.2 million.
Project SHARE is funded primarily by contributions from the customers of Alabama Power Company, Alagasco and other participating energy suppliers. Customers simply pledge to donate $2, $5, or any other whole-dollar amount to Project SHARE by checking the box on their monthly utility bill.
Black said the Alabama Lakes Chapter will be holding appointments and meeting people who are in need of assistance from Project SHARE starting in January.
“We will be taking appointments the week of Jan. 6, and then we will be seeing those people the week of Jan. 13,” Black said.
For more information on Project SHARE, contact the Alabama Lakes Chapter at 234-3291.