|January 3, 2014 - With the cold winter months ahead, many families will struggle with the cost of heating their homes this year. Through Project Help, community donations provide emergency heating assistance to those in need due to job loss, illness, injury, or disability, as well as seniors struggling with the rising cost of living.
"Project Help depends solely on community and individual contributions," said Mintha Roach, KUB President and CEO. "Thanks to generous donors, last year Project Help was able to help 325 needy families stay safe and warm through the winter."
The 2014 Project Help campaign kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, and runs through Feb. 1. During those four weeks, KUB invites people to give a little to help those in need.
Partnering with Food City, WVLT-TV, WIVK, the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Home Federal Bank, KUB offers four easy ways to donate to Project Help:
Purchase a donation coupon when you shop at Food City.
Make a donation at any Knoxville area Home Federal Bank location.
Send a check to: Project Help, P.O. Box 59017, Knoxville, TN 37950
Check the donation box on your next KUB bill for a one time donation or monthly pledge.
"This is our thirteenth Project Help campaign," said Roach. "This year, funding for other heating assistance programs is down even more than last year. That means Project Help will have even more applicants. I hope the community will join in this effort and donate at Food City or Home Federal Bank locations. Even a dollar a month on your KUB bill can help a neighbor in need."
Project Help is administered by the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC). KUB collects donations, and 100 percent of the funds go to CAC. The money goes directly toward the purchase of electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood or coal for those in need.
Project Help of East Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.
KUB is a municipal utility serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties and provides electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 439,000 customers. More info available at www.kub.org.