Project a way to help those in need with power bills

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A partnership between Pacific Power and Project HELP could help take some of the heat off local residents’ power bills.

Customers of the energy company are invited to help their less fortunate neighbors stay warm this season by making a donation to Project HELP, a program administered locally through The Salvation Army to provide financial assistance for power bills.

Pacific Power customers can help in one of two ways: either submitting an extra check made out to Project HELP in the contribution envelope that will be included in November’s bill, or by opting for a fixed donation program.

The latter allows customers to donate any dollar amount starting as low as $1 per month. That amount is incorporated into their monthly bills throughout the year.

Last year customers, employees and retirees donated more than $75,000 to Project HELP. The assistance provided aid to more than 740 households from Walla Walla to Yakima to Wapato, Pacific Power said.

“While who needs assistance changes every year, the donations our customers, employees and retirees consistently make demonstrates their generosity and compassion for their neighbors,” said Bill Clemens, regional community manager, in a prepared statement. “This community commitment is a big part of our tradition of service at Pacific Power.”

Those who want to sign up for the fixed donation program or customers who need bill assistance can call Pacific Power at 888-221-7070. Assistance with insulation and energy efficiency, which can also lead to lower bills, is available here.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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