For Immediate Release
Helping to warm households for more than 30 years
NEWARK, DE. - The winter heating and holiday season is here. In the spirit of the season, Delmarva Power is kindly asking customers to support the area's families in need of energy assistance by making a donation to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund.
The annual fund drive, which helps eligible families pay their energy bills, kicked off recently with pre-addressed envelopes included in Delmarva Power customers' bills. Delmarva Power will match customers' tax-deductible contributions with $1.00 for every $3.00 that is collected, up to $70,000.
Delmarva Power founded the fund more than 30 years ago. Through the years, the fund has raised nearly $6 million and has helped more than 70,000 families in Delaware and Maryland with their winter heating bills. In Delaware and on eastern shore Maryland, the Good Neighbor Energy Fund is administered by the Salvation Army; In Cecil and Harford counties, it is administered by the Cecil Heating Assistance Program and the Harford Community Action Agency, respectively.
"Helping to keep households in need of energy assistance warm this winter starts with the warmth of the many hearts that have graciously helped and continue to fuel this program for more than 30 years, " said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge. "The cold winter months and the current economy can challenge energy bills. The Good Neighbor Energy Fund will continue to help address these challenges through the ongoing energy relief efforts of Delmarva Power, our customers and the Salvation Army."
To apply for energy assistance from the Good Neighbor Energy Fund or contribute to the fund, customers should contact the local agency offices below:
The Salvation Army400 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801For assistance call (302) 472-0750
The Salvation Army407 Oak Street Salisbury, MD 21804For more information, call (410) 749-7771
Cecil Heating Assistance ProgramP.O. Box 1160Elkton, MD 21922For more information, call (410) 996-0241
Harford Community Action Agency1321-B Woodbridge Station Way Edgewood, MD 21040For more information, call (410) 612-9909
The fund receives both personal and corporate contributions. For information on saving energy and money this winter, visit the Delmarva Power website at www.delmarva.com.
Additionally, the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides help for numerous households each year. Call 1-866-674-6327 or log on to: www.neada.org for more information.