Georgia Power is inviting customers to join the company and The Salvation Army to help neighbors and local Georgia communities this winter through Project SHARE. Project SHARE, established in partnership with The Salvation Army in 1985, was one of the first fuel funds in America and provides assistance for expenses, such as utility bills, housing, food and medical necessities.
Since Project SHARE's inception, approximately 370,500 households and more than 1.1 million individuals throughout the state have received assistance with more than $70 million contributed to the program by Georgia Power and its customers. Last year, Georgia Power customers donated to the program leading to a total contribution, including Georgia Power's match, of more than $2.2 million. The program assisted 6,563 households and 17,310 individuals.
By donating $1 to $10 through their Georgia Power bill payment, customers can provide assistance to residents in the same community. The unique program is highly localized with more than 1 million Georgians benefiting from the program over the past three decades.
"Improving the quality of life for all people in the communities where we live and work is important to us at Georgia Power and Project SHARE provides an opportunity for our customers to join us in this mission.," said Kevin Kastner, vice president of customer services for Georgia Power. "Thanks to our long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army, Project SHARE continues to be one of our most successful charitable giving programs year after year."
Although Georgia Power's support of the program continues throughout the year, the company highlights the work of Project SHARE annually on December and January Georgia Power bills. By enrolling in the program, customers have the option to make an automatic monthly donation of $1, $2, $5 or $10 simply by adding the amount to their bill payment. Georgia Power then matches the donation, dollar for dollar, up to one million dollars per year. Georgians can also make a one-time donation directly to Project SHARE through The Salvation Army by calling (800) 257-4273 or visiting www.salvationarmygeorgia.org. To learn more about Project SHARE, or to support the program with Georgia Power today, visit www.georgiapower.com/projectshare.
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