The main programs that low income Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers can apply for are LIHEAP, Operation Roundup, as well as weatherization. Resources are focused on helping people in the region stay warm during the cold winter months as well as cool during the hot and humid Virginia summer.
The federal government created and pays for the LIHEAP program. This will offer very low income families grants for paying their regular monthly energy bills, and certain Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers may qualify for the crisis program as well. This emergency service will assist someone faced with a disconnection. For information or to sign up for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, call your local Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) office.
Operation Roundup is really a donation program, and it is run in partnership with local charities, non-profits, and regional social service organizations. These local organizations will distribute the donated funds to help those in need pay their energy and heating bills. The agencies that partner with Operation Roundup include The Salvation Army in Fairfax County, ACTS of Prince William County, SERVE, Inc. in Prince William and Stafford County, and well as the Loudoun County Salvation Army.
Members of the community, including businesses and other customers who donate and participate in Operation Round Up, help local families in Virginia pay their winter heating and utility bills. Many beneficiaries would otherwise have their service disconnected. These six local non-profit social service agencies that are referenced above do a great job in ensuring the money gets to those who need the help. Over the years hundreds of thousands of dollars have been distributed to the needy in the community. If you donate you too can help keep your neighbors warm during the winter months.
NOVEC customers who contribute can decide to round up their monthly bill to the next highest dollar amount, and this is the driving force of Operation Round Up. You can contribute as little or as much as you like, as the concept of small change that changes lives holds true here. All money donated goes to help people, as NOVEC pays all administrative costs of the program. Individuals can also decide to make so called one time contributions to Operation Round, and you can donate a separate check to the program. Your contributions will also be tax deductible.
Most of the beneficiaries of Operation Round Up are low income families with a member who is a senior citizen. Other local non-profits, such as medical service providers and other charitable organizations can receive grants from Operation Round Up.
When money is available, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative offers winter heating grants to the social service and county aid agencies referenced above. Not until that is done will additional funds be distributed to local charitable organizations as selected by an independent board. Most of the money is given, as well as priority, to individual’s families and members of the community. To sign up or to learn more, call 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500.
Weatherization is another option. While this program won’t help you pay your bills, it will help people save money. The federal government offers qualified homeowners and renters with free energy conservation updates as part of weatherization. Contractors from the state and/or your local community action agency will visit your home, decide what improvements you need to make, and they will arrange for that to happen, and even pay for it. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers can potentially save a few hundred dollars per year on their heating and cooling bills.
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