Pacific Power and the Salvation Army's Project HELP are asking anyone who can to help the state's most vulnerable residents meet their energy needs.
Pacific Power is urging customers who can afford it to donate to Project HELP to assist neighbors who right now may be having trouble staying current with energy bills as cold weather endures beyond Groundhog Day.
"No donation is too small, or too large. Every bit makes a difference to neighbors who may be choosing between food, medicine, clothes and warmth," said Clark Satre, Pacific Power's regional community manager. "Project HELP has an outstanding record of helping our communities."
Pacific Power customers are receiving special envelopes with February bills in which donations can be mailed back. Pacific Power will then forward donations to Project HELP. Last year, local customers and Pacific Power employees donated more than $11,000, and the company added more than $42,000, to help Yakima area customers.
Locally, Project HELP is administered by the Salvation Army in Yakima and by the Northwest Community Action Center in the Lower Valley.
In the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009, Project HELP in the Yakima area helped pay energy bills for more than 320 local households. That need is expected to be at least as great this year, according to recent national surveys.
Contributions to Project HELP are tax deductible. An additional mailing will be made in June. All contributions are put directly to use to assist local residents.
Customers who need bill assistance can talk with Pacific Power representatives or direct them to agencies that may be able to help.