The Salvation Army works closely with utility companies in Georgia to offer the Project Share assistance program. It was created back in the 1980s to help families and individuals in need with a variety of emergency expenses, including utility bills.
The Project SHARE assistance program has collected millions of dollars in donations from customers and businesses throughout the years, and these individuals can contribute to the fund when they pay their monthly utility bill. Many of the utility companies, including Georgia Power, will then decide to match those customer contributions dollar-for-dollar. They will then forward those funds through the Salvation Army Corps Community Centers for distribution to low income, needy, and elderly people in all 159 Georgia counties. One of the big benefits of the program is that the funds will “stay”” in the county from which it originates, so your donated dollars go to work right in your own back yard, truly neighbors helping neighbors and making a difference in your local community.
The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE utility assistance program has been selected by the Georgia Public Service Commission to provide relief for needy natural gas customers across the state of Georgia. The various allocations that are provided are passed to those who need help, including some of the funds are distributed through Atlanta Gas Light Company as direct utility bill credits for qualified low-income senior citizens and needy families across the state.
The assistance program’s statewide network of charities, casework intake locations and non-profits will serve clients by appointment once the funds become available for distribution. Restrictions and eligibility requirements for the program will be published prior to an expected start date of no later than mid-February of each and every year.
To provide more details and information on the scope of the aid provided, for example just last year the Project SHARE Georgia assistance program provided assistance to more than 50,000 Georgia families and individuals, with Georgia Power and its customers contributing millions of dollars to the program. To learn more or apply for utility assistance, call the Project SHARE toll-free at 1-800-257-4273 to apply or learn more.