(EGPNews)—Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has announced the launch of the Gas Assistance Fund, its annual winter assistance campaign that provides a one-time grant of up to $100 for low-income families.
“The Gas Assistance Fund helps our customers in need with their heating bills during the winter season when home heating is used the most,” said Hal D. Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SoCalGas. “But, more importantly, this critical program can help alleviate strain on a family’s budget during these tough economic times.”
Sempra Energy, SoCalGas’ parent company, will match dollar-for-dollar contributions that customers and utility employees donate to the Gas Assistance Fund, up to a total of $250,000. The assistance funds are made available through participating United Way of Greater Los Angeles agencies.
The Gas Assistance Fund has helped over 186,000 disadvantaged southern California residents pay their winter natural gas bills through the disbursement of more than $14.5 million.
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles is working with approximately 100 community agencies to distribute the Gas Assistance Fund contributions to income-qualified customers. For participating agencies, call 2-1-1.
Anyone, including customers, can help by making a voluntary tax-deductible contribution to the Gas Assistance Fund by visiting SoCalGas’ website, socalgas.com/donate.
More information on other SoCalGas bill-assistance programs visit socalgas.com/assistance