For over 20 years, Project SHARE, or Services to Help Alabamians with Relief on Energy, has been assisting qualified families in Alabama with paying their utility, heating, and cooling bills. The American Red Cross oversees the program and the money is for the disabled and elderly in the state.
The program relies on donations from the community. It is an emergency energy bill assistance program that is available as a last resort. The aid is for the elderly, seniors, and disabled Alabamians and funds can be paid out in peak winter and summer months and it operates in all 59 counties. In some years over 10,000 households may receive help from the American Red Cross. These fuel funds and the other low income bill payment assistance programs that are available will provide a vital energy safety to net to help low-income families pay utility bills.
As funding allows, Project SHARE provides emergency cash assistance to the state's elderly and disabled neighbors. If you are faced with a crisis, applicants need to apply for Project SHARE assistance at the American Red Cross office in their county, and there is a listing below. Or call 205.439.7800.
Eligibility requirements can change from year to year based on funding and other conditions. The American Red Cross will set the limits and terms of the program. Funding is limited and is normally issued on a first come and served basis, so apply early, when the application window opens.
As indicated, while it is administered by the American Red Cross, the money comes from electric and utility customers who donate money through their monthly electric bills. All contributions, which are tax deductible, are forwarded to the Red Cross. So what this means is that Project SHARE is literally neighbors helping neighbors.
After you apply, a representative will interview the applicant who is seeking financial assistance in paying their energy bill. Proof of hardship and the crisis needs to be provided. For those who qualify for aid, the payments will be made directly to your utility or gas company. In addition to meeting income requirements, the head of the household must meet one of the following eligibility criteria, including be receiving a SSDI disability check or be sixty-two years of age or older. Clients in need of help or that want more information can apply for Project SHARE assistance at the American Red Cross office in their county of residence.
Families can pledge to donate as much or as little as they link. It can be $2, $5, or any other whole-dollar amount. It is simple to contribute to Project SHARE, and the individual can just check the box on their monthly utility bill. All money donated will go directly towards helping the less fortunate and poor, so you can have confidence that your money will make a difference.
Alabama Gulf Coast Chapter
Serving Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile and Monroe Counties.
Alabama Lakes Chapter
Serving Clay, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Randolph Counties.
American Red Cross of Central Alabama
Serving Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pike and Wilcox counties
American Red Cross of North Central Alabama
Serving Limestone and Madison counties.
American Red Cross of Northeast Alabama
Serving DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall counties.
American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama
Serving Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties.
Serving Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
Serving Blount, Cullman and Winston counties.
East Alabama Chapter
Serving Chamber, Lee and Russell counties.
Serving Cherokee and Etowah counties.
Serving Jefferson and Shelby counties.
Serving Lawrence and Morgan counties.
South Central Alabama Chapter
Serving Butler, Crenshaw, Conecuh and Covington counties.
Talladega-St. Clair Chapter
Serving St. Clair and Talladega counties.
Serving Marion and Walker counties.
Serving Choctaw and Washington counties.
West Alabama Chapter
Serving Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.
Wiregrass Area Chapter
Serving Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties
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