Utility fund heats homes of Georgia military families



Natural gas provider SCANA Energy is joining forces again this year with United Military Care to help Georgia service members, veterans and their families stay warm through a special fund they’ve started.

Simone McKinney, SCANA spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the utility company launched its “Heat for Heroes” campaign this week to capitalize on the $12,000 in estimated donations it contributed to the joint effort last winter.

In addition to a $5,000 donation it’s making to UMC, SCANA will increase its donation by an additional dollar – up to a $10,000 total donation – for every like, share or comment on the campaign’s Facebook post through Nov. 18, McKinney said.

The post, which went live at 7 a.m. Monday, already has more than 300 likes and comments.

“Georgia’s military families and veterans are struggling,” McKinney said. “Too many of them have difficulty paying their utility bills and keeping their homes warm through the winter.”

UMC stats show Georgia has 72,000 active-duty service members and an estimated 772,832 veterans, with nearly all military families claiming financial issues as a top stressor during service. The organization says it receives 13 calls a month requesting utility assistance and serves 8,756 Georgia military families and veterans.

McKinney said SCANA Energy is proud to be Georgia’s first natural gas company to offer military discounts on fixed and variable rate plans for active, reserve, retired and disabled service members, veterans and their spouses or partners. Learn more at scanaenergy.com/FBHONOR. 

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Programs that pay all or a portion of the service expenses of people whose heating has been or is at risk of being shut off:

• Army Community Service – Fort Gordon, 307 Chamberlain Ave. Suite 224, Augusta, GA 30905, (706) 791-3579

• Augusta Warrior Project, 1765 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30904, (706) 951-7506

• Catholic Social Services, 811 12th St., Augusta, GA 30901, (706) 722-3982

• First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, GA 30909, (706) 312-0900

• CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, 1261 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-2207

• Salvation Army, 1765 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30904 (706) 922-8330

• Aiken-Barnwell Community Action Agency, 291 Beaufort St. NE, Aiken, SC 29802, (803) 648-6836

• Area Churches Together Serving, 340 Park Ave. SW, Aiken, SC 29801, (803) 642-5919

Source: United Way of the CSRA