KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 30, 9:00 a.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) announced today it has raised more than $33,000 in 2004 for its Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which provides assistance to families who need help paying their energy bills.
The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is maintained through voluntary contributions from customers and employees of KUA, helping people in crisis throughout Osceola County. In 2004, KUA and its customers raised $33,200 including a $16,600 dollar-for-dollar matching contribution from the utility.
Since 1991, KUA and its customers have raised over $425,000 and helped more than 2,500 families in financial crisis pay their electric bills. KUA works with local help agencies Community Action and Osceola County Council on Aging to distribute 100 percent of the money donated to the fund.
“Winter means lower temperatures and higher heating bills, but it doesn’t have to mean greater financial hardship,” said Mike Geraghty, KUA’s vice president of customer service and marketing. “This fund helps stretch a family’s budget for other basic necessities like food and rent.”
To contribute to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, personal checks can be written to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” and mailed to: Kissimmee Utility Authority, P.O. Box 423219, Kissimmee, FL 34742-3219. Those in need of assistance can call KUA to discuss payment plans or other arrangements.
Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties. Visit www.kua.com for more information.
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Chris M. Gent
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