Cold weather is upon us, but for some staying warm can be a challenge. More than 200,000 Iowans are living in poverty and could struggle to pay their heating bills this winter.
MidAmerican Energy Company has a program to help. I CARE allows customers to donate money to help individuals in their community pay their heating bills. MidAmerican Energy matches 25 percent of the contributions.
Last year, customers donated approximately $225,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed nearly $60,000 for a total of about $285,000. This amount helped over 1,300 families in need.
Every dollar given goes directly to local community action agencies that use the money to provide heating assistance to individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis; money is not used by the company. All donations remain local, helping those in the donor’s community. Individuals must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines to receive assistance.
“With cold, blustery months ahead, many families will need help staying warm and safe this winter,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “We appreciate the continued generosity of our customers to help those in need. It’s because of their generosity that we can provide the gift of warmth to thousands this holiday season.”
Customers can contribute to I CARE by simply adding a dollar amount to their monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. They can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.
In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.