ALICIA SHRUM for GTR Newspapers
Fifty women, all members of Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WINUP), met April 12 to discuss programs that raise money to help customers in need pay their utility bills. From left is Salvation Army Divisional Director of Social Services Ashley Jones, Salvation Army Assistant Divisional Director of Social Services Torri Norwood, Oklahoma Gas and Energy Company (OGE) Advertising Coordinator Susan Harkness, OGE Customer Relations Representative Lorraine Scott and Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) Regulatory Consultant Shirley Hutchinson.
Programs such as PSO’s “Light a Life,” ONG’s “Share the Warmth” and OGE’s “Lend a Hand” raise thousands of dollars each year for the Salvation Army to extend a helping hand to customers in need across Oklahoma.
“By nature, women are caring individuals and we’re proud of how our customers use their discretionary income to help pay the utility bills for those in need,” WINUP Program Chair Andrea Chancellor says. “Our intent at this meeting is to learn as much as we can as individual utilities about our common programs that help Oklahomans.”