Project Share phone-only appointments to begin Jan. 22

Published 11:02pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

It has been what seems like weeks since the sun shone down on Selma and Dallas County, leaving residents well aware of the recent drop in temperature.

Staying warm during the winter months is often challenging, and as heating costs continue to climb, senior citizens with a low, fixed income or disabled individuals may find an additional challenge to keep warm.

A challenge the Black Belt Chapter of the American Red Cross is ready to help residents face.

Residents can call a representative for a phone-only appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 22 beginning 9 a.m. to receive financial assistance for help in paying their utilities. To qualify for assistance, the family income must be within certain guidelines depending on the size of the household. In addition, the head of the household must either be 62 years of age or older or receiving a disability check.

The Red Cross’ Project Share is a fund made possible through voluntary pledges to help low-income senior citizens or the disabled in Dallas County who need assistance paying for their energy bills.

Dallas County residents are encouraged to call 334-874-4641 and make an appointment with a Red Cross representative. Applications and interviews will be taken by phone only and walk-in appointments will not be allowed.

Project Share, was introduced in 1982 through an agreement between Alabama Power Company and the American Red Cross. Since 1984, Alabama Gas corporation and 24 other electric cooperatives and municipalities have joined and now participate in the program.

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