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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 02:07 am


The holidays are upon us, and that means two things: the season of giving and the season of freezing. But Springfield City Water, Light and Power brings both of those ideas together, giving the fortunate a chance to give back and the less fortunate a way to keep the heat on this winter. CWLP’s Project RELIEF program, now in its 27th year, provides assistance with utility bills for qualifying customers from December through May each year while funds are available.

Funded entirely by donations that come mostly from CWLP customers who donate a dollar on their monthly bill, Project RELIEF raised more than $21,000 last year and helped 109 families. To qualify for assistance, customers must have made less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level in the past 90 days, have exhausted all similar assistance programs, and have a delinquent CWLP bill with the ability to pay at least part. To apply, call CWLP at 789-2414 on or after Dec. 1.

To donate, mark the appropriate box on your monthly bill or send a check made out to Project RELIEF to Contact Ministries, 1100 E. Adams St., or download a donation form at cwlp.com/customer_service/your_account/contribute_project_relief.htm.

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