Vectren encourages charitable donations

Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) is giving customers who pay their bills online the option to round payments up to the nearest dollar in order to donate the additional amount to Share the Warmth, Inc.

Share the Warmth is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Vectren developed as a way to assist low-income, single family homeowners in Indiana with their energy bills.

The organization allocates funds annually to Indiana Community Action Agencies to administer Indiana's Weatherization Assistance Program.

Through donations, Share the Warmth has weatherized more than 170 homes since 2007.

"Often people only think about weatherization during the colder months of the year, however it is an ongoing effort to improve the living conditions of low-income Hoosiers, resulting in lower, more manageable utility bills," says Jeff Whiteside, Vectren's vice president of community sustainability and president of the Vectren Foundation.

Whiteside says Vectren will match the total amount raised, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $200,000.

Customers who choose to round their payment up will see two different deductions on their bank statement: one for their utility payment and one for Share the Warmth.

Customers can submit their e-mail addresses during the payment process to receive an e-mail documenting the donation for tax purposes.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To be eligible to receive assistance from the weatherization program, one must be at or below 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

Customers seeking assistance with payments or who are interested in the weatherization program may find the closest Community Action Agency to them by calling the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at 1-800-872-0371.

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