Area Utilities, Salvation Army, City of Tulsa Team Up to Promote Home Energy Month

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ENERGY AID: Participating in Home Energy Month are, from left, Chuck Mitchell, manager of community development, OG&E; Chris Phillips, regional community relations manager, ONG; Peggy Simmons, president and chief operating officer, PSO; Jeannie Cue, Tulsa city councilor; and Major Mark Harwell, Area Commander, The Salvation Army.

July was Home Energy Aid Month across Oklahoma and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) teamed up with The Salvation Army, City of Tulsa and other local utilities to help raise awareness and support for area residents who need temporary assistance paying their home heating or cooling bill.
Home Energy Aid Month is a time to help thousands of Oklahomans facing financial emergencies pay for the household energy on which all citizens rely. Families and individuals who qualify for Home Energy Aid receive assistance through the Salvation Army to help pay their utility bills.
Funds to provide the assistance are generated through customer contributions to Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s Light A Life, Oklahoma Natural Gas’ Share The Warmth and Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s Lend A Hand programs.
“Through the generosity of neighbors helping neighbors, last year The Salvation Army helped over 1,850 individuals and families in need of utility bill assistance thanks to the utility companies’ programs,” said Major Mark Harwell, Area Commander of The Salvation Army. “100 percent of the funds given through these programs go to help those in need. It takes only a moment to check the contribution box on your utility bill and help your Green Country neighbor in need.”
To lend support to the effort to raise awareness and increase contributions to the utility-supported energy assistance programs, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum declared July “Home Energy Aid Month” in Tulsa.
Customers of PSO, ONG or OG&E made contributions by looking for the Light A Life, Share the Warmth or Lend A Hand information on their monthly energy bills. Each utility paid all administrative costs, so every penny donated went to help those in need.
Donations may continue to be made directly to The Salvation Army at All donations are tax deductible.