The Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is once again inviting customers and employees to help people having a hard time paying for their utilities by contributing to the company’s Gas Assistance Fund, a bill-assistance program that helps income-qualified customers and those facing financial hardships with a one-time grant of up to $100 per customer.
“The Gas Assistance Fund helps customers who need assistance to stay warm in winter and stretch their budget toward other important necessities,” said Gillian Wright, director of customer programs for SoCalGas, adding that the program has been helping “friends and neighbors in our communities over the past 30 years.”
Administered by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Gas Assistance Fund has helped more than 200,000 SoCalGas customers pay their natural gas utility bills in times of need. Since 1983, SoCalGas customers, employees, and shareholders have contributed more than $18 million, with the funds then distributed annually.
Customers interested in making a donation may mail their voluntary tax-deductible contributions to: United Way, Gas Assistance Fund, File 56826, Los Angeles, CA 90074-6826, or donate online at www.unitedwayla.org.
SoCalGas also said that customers who are having a hard time paying their natural gas bill should immediately contact SoCalGas to work out special payment arrangements or to find out if they qualify for other bill-assistance programs.
The company collects donations to the Gas Assistance Fund throughout the year and will begin distributing funds between February and the end of May 2013 or until the funds are depleted, according to a company press release. Customers can visit socalgas.com (search “GAF”) to learn if they qualify for a grant.
For information on other SoCalGas assistance programs and services, such as reducing home energy costs, visit socalgas.com, or call toll-free (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish.