The Pollen count is really high. The tulips and daffodils are in full bloom and the air is starting to feel warm on the skin. Spring is here! As the temperatures go up, many people’s thoughts turn toward that new swim suit or picking out shorts and sandals to wear. We think of planting new perennials and annuals in our yards and mowing the fast-growing grass. While that is all awesome, many low-income Oregonians are still reeling from their high energy bills that have accumulated over the winter because they could not afford to pay them do to things like they’re unemployed, underemployed or have lost their job altogether. Perhaps it’s an unexpected medical bill or someone in the family has been stricken with an illness. Any number of things can happen to people struggling financially and it does not take much to fall behind in your bills.
Oregon HEAT helps thousands of Low-income Oregonians each year with their energy bills. This winter, requests for emergency energy assistance has been astounding. The Global Giving Project; Emergency Energy Assistance has brought in a lot of revenue from caring donors. The project is about 2 years old now and with the help of Global Giving Donors to Oregon HEAT, we have been able to help nearly 40 individuals with their emergency heating needs. Every donation to Oregon HEAT’s Emergency Energy Assistance Program is important.
So as your thoughts turn to that new swim suit or planting a new annual in your backyard, please remember the people around Oregon who cannot afford to pay their heating bills from this last winter and are in crisis of having their heat turned off- please Spring Into Action and give to the Emergency Energy Assistance Program if you can afford to help someone in need today.
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