Xcel Energy Foundation donates $125,000 to HeatShare
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division
Roseville, Minn.- The Xcel Energy Foundation has donated $125,000 to The Salvation Army’s HeatShare program, which provides emergency utility assistance to people in Minnesota (pictured above are Elisa Rasmussen, Bridget Dockter and Pat Boland from Xcel Energy, along with Mike McGlone, HeatShare Administrator with The Salvation Army).
Since it began in 1982, HeatShare has provided 150,000 households with more than $40 million in assistance. Annually, about 4,700 people in Minnesota receive an average of $370 to keep their homes warm.
“Having this partnership to help people who are income challenged, those who have disabilities, the elderly, is a benefit to everybody,” said Pat Boland, Manager of Customer Policy and Assistance at Xcel Energy. “We need to be able to serve everyone and help the customers who need further assistance.
Funds for HeatShare come from utility companies like Xcel Energy and their customers who donate to the program. The need for assistance only continues to grow. Even with a budget of $1.5 million annually, there simply isn’t enough to serve everyone who requests help.
“We help as many people as we can, but there are many more we simply can’t help before the money runs out,” said Mike McGlone, HeatShare administrator for The Salvation Army. “Each year approximately 40,000 people request help to pay their utility bills, we can only help about 10 percent of them.”
You can donate to HeatShare online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by contacting your local utility company.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annually it serves 775,700 hot meals and provides 423,000 nights of shelter. More than 40,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Please join The Salvation Army by making a donation to HeatShare, or volunteering to help your local community.