Nov. 17, 2005, Columbia, SC - South Carolina Electric & Gas Company today announced an initiative to generate up to $750,000 in contributions to Project Share a program that relies on the generosity of SCE&G customers and employees to provide financial assistance to low-income families who are struggling to pay their utility bills.
From now through the end of 2006, SCE&G will contribute an additional 50 cents, up to a total of $250,000, for every dollar donated to Project Share. Last year, more than 11,000 SCE&G customers and employees contributed over $250,000 to Project Share, which benefited more than 1,000 low-income customers.
"Our customers and employees have always been very generous in reaching out to their neighbors in need," said SCE&G President Neville Lorick. "Through this fifty-cent match program, SCE&G hopes to inspire even more support for the folks who will be most challenged by the higher energy costs we're all facing this winter."
The financial assistance available through Project Share is administered through the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity via local community action agencies and the Salvation Army. There is no administrative overhead, so all dollars donated go to help those in need.
"The additional funds made available through Project Share will be invaluable in addressing the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents," said Ashlie Lancaster, Director of the South Carolina Office of Economic Opportunity. "We thank SCE&G for its commitment to fostering these types of public/private partnerships that are so crucial to strengthening our communities."
Since its inception in 1986, Project Share has provided more than $6 million in assistance to SCE&G customers in towns and communities throughout South Carolina.
Those interested in contributing to Project Share can sign up through SCE&G's Web site, www.sceg.com, or by calling SCE&G customer service at