Energy assistance program gets $2 million check

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With colder days ahead, many people are struggling to pay their heating bills.

But Dominion is doing its part to help ease those struggles.

Even some people who always give, find themselves struggling to get by. When Rose Gary's husband suffered some medical setbacks last year, she needed help to get by.

"When utilities are cut off. It's cold and there's no light. You just don't know who to turn to or what to do," says Rose.

She turned to Dominion's Energyshare Program and it saved her. "It's a blessing. It keep people from being cold and in the dark."

18,000 used the same program last year, people like Rose. This year, in a tough economy, Dominion leaders know the need for assistance will grow.

"We are very proud to present this check for $2 million made out to Energyshare," says Dominion CEO Paul Koonce.

It's one of the biggest checks donated to the program. The money is available to people who are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter. If you qualify for the program, you can receive a one-time payment of up to $600 per heating season.

"I was treated with respect and I was so happy when they were able to help me," says Rose.

A safety net for the community, in a rough economy.

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