Piedmont Natural Gas recently donated $50,000 to its Share the Warmth program, which supports low-income households in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The year-round program helps participants pay their energy bills, regardless of energy source. Funds are distributed to residents through partner agencies approved by Piedmont Natural Gas, according to the company’s website.
“Our neighbors need our support more than ever as they work through the impact of this ongoing crisis,” said Sasha Weintraub, senior vice president of Piedmont Natural Gas. “Individuals and families are reaching out to our partner agencies in increasing numbers for assistance with their utility bills, and we are sensitive to the ongoing needs of our customers and communities.”
Earlier this year, Piedmont Natural Gas contributed its annual $100,000 donation to the program. The company is also assisting its customers by halting disconnections and waiving late payment fees.
“Piedmont is making this additional contribution to our Share the Warmth program to help those who are facing uncertainty during this unprecedented time,” said Barbara Ashford, director of community relations for Piedmont Natural Gas.
In addition to the company’s contributions, Piedmont Natural Gas is asking its customers to participate in the Share the Warmth Round Up program, which authorizes the energy company to round up a customer’s monthly bill to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to Share the Warmth. Customers would pay no more than $12 into the fund over the year, and 100% of the donations would help residents in the community where the money is collected.
For more information, visit www.piedmontng.com/ShareTheWarmth.