United Way of Greenville County has collaborated with Duke Power, Greenville Water and Greenville County to launch the “Keep the Lights On” fund to assist families struggling to pay utility bills due to the economic impact of COVID-19.
This initiative is expected to help 8,000 Greenville County households, who collectively owe nearly $4 million in unpaid utility bills.
“The impact of COVID-19 on employment and the ability to afford basic resources has been extreme,” said Meghan Barp, United Way of Greenville County’s president and CEO. “Many of our neighbors cannot afford to keep up with past and current bills and now face the prospect of losing these vital services. With winter approaching and thousands of students relying on internet services for e-learning, it is critical that we do all we can to help.”
To support the initiative, the United Way made an initial investment of $150,000 from its COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and Greenville County has awarded $1.2 million in CARES Act funding.
In addition, the United Way is asking the community to contribute to the cause by visiting unitedwaygc.org/lightson.
Community members who may need utility payment assistance may call the United Way of Greenville County Community Resource Line at 2-1-1 or 866-892-9211. Resource line operators may also connect callers to other available community resources such as rent and housing assistance, area food banks, employment, transportation and health care.
For more information, visit unitedwaygc.org.