CINCINNATI – The Salvation Army has received $306,000 from Duke Energy Ohio for the 2020 HeatShare program.
The Salvation Army administers donations to the program, in collaboration with Duke Energy Ohio, to provide people in need with financial assistance with their utility bills.
The HeatShare program is available to eligible Duke Energy customers in southwest Ohio. The program provides heating and cooling assistance from January 21 to July 31, 2020, or until all funds are used.
People in need of assistance can call the Salvation Army HeatShare line – 513.762.5636 – to schedule an appointment or to receive more information.
“We know how challenging it can be for some of our customers who are struggling to pay bills during the winter,” said Cindy Givens, program manager at Duke Energy. “We’re proud of our HeatShare program with the Salvation Army. The program has been there to help our customers in need for over 30 years.”
HeatShare was established in 1986 to assist Ohio residents in need with winter heating bills. It is funded by Duke Energy customers, employees and shareholders.
In 2019, The Salvation Army received a total of $311,000 to help keep 720 families across southwest Ohio warm. The Salvation Army received $100,000 from Duke Energy Ohio in addition to $211,000 in customer contributions and matching funds for the HeatShare program.
More than 19,000 Duke Energy Ohio customers voluntarily added a HeatShare contribution to their monthly bills.
Additional information about the program can be found on the Duke Energy Ohio website.
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from the Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit salvationarmycincinnati.org.
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky’s operations provide electric service to about 850,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 529,000 customers.
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