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Thursday, June 10, 2010 01:41 am

PAINLESS PHILANTHROPY

Use your monthly utility bill to help the homeless with City Water, Light and Power’s “Round Up To End Homelessness” program.

The campaign allows customers to round their monthly bill to the nearest dollar, with the extra change set aside to fund programs that ease homelessness in Springfield. Customers can also make a larger contribution, adding a specific dollar amount to their bill each month.

Last February, the Round Up program donated $8,300 to the Salvation Army’s Springfield Overflow Shelter.

Alderman Sam Cahnman, who sponsored the ordinance establishing the Round Up program, says he’s hoping to increase awareness. A monthly rounding adds up to $6 per year, he says.

“With about 65,000 CWLP customers, this could really make a difference in the lives of the homeless,” Cahnman says.

Anyone interested can fill out a form attached to their June CWLP bill, or sign up online at www.cwlp.com.
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