The holiday season is a time of giving and Mississippi Power customers have the opportunity to help their neighbors in need through Project SHARE—a program to help customers who are elderly, disabled or facing difficult circumstances pay their electric service bill.
Customer can donate to the program by simply adding $1, $2 or any designated amount to their monthly bill. Once enrolled, the contribution will be added to the bill and will remain in effect until the customer no longer wishes to participate.
Catholic Social and Community Services, a partner of United Way of South Mississippi, administers Project SHARE and works with each customer to determine eligibility. Caseworkers are assigned to help customers by evaluating their financial needs, reviewing documentation to determine the eligible amount for assistance and working to find ways to help the customer reach financial stability. All dollars donated to Project SHARE go directly to communities throughout the service area.
Rodger Meinzinger, Mississippi Power’s corporate giving manager, said that nearly $500,000 has been contributed to Project SHARE, helping more than 2,800 households throughout the company’s service area. Those totals nearly double the 2013 amounts.
While the program has been successful, there is still a need for donations, he said.
We are so grateful that our customers and employees have been able to continuously give to this program over the years, but we still have customers struggling to pay their bills. We know that Project SHARE is sometimes just the thing they need to help get them back on track financially,” he added.
For more information on the program, visit mississippipower.com/projectshare.