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Subject:   ROUND UP YOUR BILL TO WARM A NEEDY NEIGHBOR'S HOME
For Immediate Release:   
2/19/2009  8:57:00 AM
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Scott Thomsen  (206) 386-4233


New Program Makes it Easy to Contribute to Project Share

SEATTLE - A new program from Seattle City Light is making it easier than ever to help people in financial crisis pay their electric bills.

City Light is now offering its customers the option of "rounding up" their utility bill payments to the next highest dollar amount. The additional change collected from each bill benefits Project Share. For example, if your bill is $75.36, you would make a $76 payment, with 64 cents going to Project Share.

"Allowing Project Share to keep the change from your utility payment might seem like a small gesture, but with more than 380,000 customers we have the potential to make a big difference," City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said.

Project Share operates solely on contributions from the public. The recent economic downturn and a cold winter have challenged the program to meet the needs of the many people seeking assistance. The typical recipient of Project Share assistance is a single parent with two children, making less than $1,500 per month and living in public housing.

To qualify for assistance, a person must meet income guidelines based on family size. Assistance varies depending on a person's circumstances. The most recipients can receive is $250, plus up to $250 more in matching funds for any payments they make on their own.

Contributions are tax deductible and 100 percent of the money gathered directly benefits those in need. None of the money is used for administrative expenses.

Sign ups for "rounding up" your bill and individual contributions can be made online at http://www.seattle.gov/light/ or by mail to: City of Seattle/Project Share, Treasury Services, P.O. Box 34017 Seattle, WA 98124-1017



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