KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 23, 2016 – The first Thanksgiving – celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 – was a time when Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered to share their bountiful harvest and give thanks. This year, more than 2,500 residents of Kissimmee came together in that same spirit of sharing to help their neighbors in need.
For 25 years, Kissimmee Utility Authority’s Good Neighbor Utility Assistance Fund has provided emergency utility bill payment assistance to Kissimmee families facing temporary financial crisis. To further expand the fund, the utility in 2013 launched the Kissimmee Round-Up, a voluntary customer program which “rounds up” monthly utility bills to the next dollar, with all proceeds benefiting the fund. For example, a customer’s bill of $110.73 would be automatically rounded up to $111.00, with the additional 27 cents going to the fund.
Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the program hit the 2,500-donor milestone this week, collecting nearly $38,000 for the fund. This total includes a dollar-for-dollar match made by the utility on all contributions.
“The Kissimmee Round-Up involves pennies, dimes and quarters, which may seem like small change to you and I,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh, “but multiplied by thousands of customers, it is small change that is making a big difference in our community.”
Customers wishing to participate in the program can opt to have their bills automatically rounded up each month or make a one-time donation to the fund.
To enroll, residents can contact the utility at (407) 933-9800 or online at https://kua.com/pay-my-bill/help-your-neighbor-good-neighbor-energy-assistance-fund.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.