Utility bill programs help low-income citizens

11 months 1 week 4 days ago Monday, November 07 2016 Nov 7, 2016 Monday, November 07, 2016 7:06:00 PM CST November 07, 2016 in News
By: Daniel Litwin, KOMU Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Boone Electric members will have the opportunity to donate money to help other members pay their utility bills. 

Cooperative members will receive a form in the mail this November to sign up for the C.A.S.H. and H.E.L.P. programs, a joint effort with the City of Columbia for members to donate towards low-income families who are struggling to pay their monthly bills.

C.A.S.H., which stands for Citizens Assisting Seniors & Disabled, focuses on assisting low-income elderly and disabled members who have exhausted all their resources to pay their bills.

H.E.L.P., or Heat, Energy & Light Program, assists low-income families with children on a one-time emergency basis.

Around 25 families get monthly assistance from C.A.S.H. and H.E.L.P. throughout the year to pay their electric and sewer bills.

Chris Rohlfing, manager for Boone Electric member services, said Boone Electric does its best to keep utility bills low for its members.

"At Boone Electric Cooperative, we work very hard to make sure we have reliability and affordability," Rohlfing said. "But even with us doing everything we can to keep the rates affordable, there are times that seniors will struggle and families with children will struggle."

Boone Electric members can make a one-time donation for both or either program, or they can pledge to give donations monthly. The amount of money donated will be automatically placed on members' utility bills. 

Members struggling to pay their bills must qualify through the Boone County Health Department to receive the donated funds and can only receive a maximum of $275 dollars.

"The money is used very carefully, it's not doled out unless there's a definite need," Rohlfing said.

Since the programs were created in the early 1980s, C.A.S.H. and H.E.L.P. have assisted over 7000 member families.

If cooperative members don't receive a donation form in the mail, they can fill out an online form to donate at any time.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA– A shuttle service responsible for bringing residents back-and-forth to campus is citing a communication breakdown for its slow response... More >>
35 minutes ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:25:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a Republican Missouri House member to serve as an associate circuit... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:31:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA -- The City of Columbia received recognition for its efforts in working towards LGBTQ equality. The city earned... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An official from a company working to commercialize high-speed Hyperloop transportation says Missouri is among the... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:23:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
FULTON -- A South Callaway High School student is accused of sending out a threatening Snapchat. Police said the... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:54:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City woman had pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes on at least... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:55:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman has admitted that she lied about her nursing credentials to work at a St.... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:33:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
FULTON – Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center is in the middle of a 55-day outage, where crews will replace fuel... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:42:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Students were speaking out in frustration Thursday about how professors handled Wednesday's active threat on the MU campus.... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:40:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Access to health care can be a matter of life or death. Callaway County's only hospital almost... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:47:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The question of whether to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary, in part because of its Confederate roots, will... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:44:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia reached a settlement with General Motors... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:57:11 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies said a teenager was shot in a home on Bethany Drive on Wednesday. The... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:43:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a home invasion on Clark Lane after victims said two men broke in and took... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - For Harold’s Doughnuts owner Michael Urban, big customer turnout and big sales are Homecoming traditions he looks forward... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:13:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Homecoming weekend is a big deal in Columbia with thousands flocking in for festivities, including tailgating prior to... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:35:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
BOONVILLE - Law enforcement took two into custody after a car chase late Wednesday night. The couple was identified... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:09:00 AM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS - Southwest's first all-female crew took off from Missouri on Wednesday. The flight traveled from St. Louis... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, October 18 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:07:00 PM CDT October 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
7pm 71°
8pm 67°
9pm 64°
10pm 63°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
6:30p
Family Guy
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
Will & Grace
8:31p
Great News
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld