Home Energy Aid

  • Thousands people each year need help paying their utility bills. Some have family or friends who can help them get back on track; others contact the utility company and work out payment arrangements. But still some need help with making payments and that’s where Home Energy Aid Month comes in. Every July, local utility companies partner with The Salvation Army to raise funds and awareness for Home Energy Aid utility assistance.

    You can make a BIG difference with just a little!
    Donate on your utility bill.
    To help assist those in need, utility customers are encouraged to support energy assistance programs year round through Share the Warmth by Oklahoma Natural Gas and Light a Life with Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Also, in the month of July every donation made to Home Energy Aid in Tulsa will be matched by both utility companies.

     

     

    July is Too Hot to Cook – Join us at a new restaurant each day the week of July 16 – 22.

    Beat the Heat by staying out of the kitchen and visit the restaurants partnering to donate proceeds on the days listed below. At the register tell the cashier you are supporting The Salvation Army Home Energy Aid and a percentage of your bill will be donated.

      • Sunday, July 16, Blaze Pizza, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Brookside, 3722 S. Peoria Ave
      • Monday, July 17, Raising Cane’s Chicken, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., 4810 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa
      • Tuesday, July 18, Outback Steakhouse, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., 4723 S Yale Ave, Tulsa
      • Wednesday, July 19, Wendy’s 3 locations 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., 71st & Garnett, 71st & Riverside or 81st & Memorial
      • Thursday, July 20, Chili’s, open to close, 51st & Harvard
      • Friday, July 21, Naples Flatbread will partner with the Tulsa Roughnecks Soccer Team for a Celebrity Waiters Benefit Night. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., to meet Roughneck players, they will be serving the patrons of Naples Flatbread, 201 N. Denver Ave. Tips to the celebrity waiters and 20 per cent of the bill will benefit HEA Month.
      • Saturday, July 22, Panda Express, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., 71st & Mingo, 9815 E. 71st St.

     

     

     

    Want to donate but you cannot make it out to eat?

    • Make an online contribution
    • Send a donation marked “Home Energy Aid” to The Salvation Army, 924 S Hudson, Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112
    • Submit a donation by checking a box on your utility bill or when paying online

    Studies show that the cost of helping an individual from homelessness to stable housing is about $8,000 per person. These same studies indicate the medical consequences of being homeless adds an additional cost of $2,000 per person in medical expenses.  In contrast, consider the cost of helping those same individuals with two months of utility expenses to keep them housed and avoid homelessness altogether.

    Home Energy Aid helps Tulsans like Joe, a grandfather and City of Tulsa retiree who gave 32 years to serving Tulsa. He has legal guardianship of his two grandchildren ages 8 & 12. Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer; he went through several treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. Months later after working with the utility companies, with the added medical expenses, he needs more help. The Salvation Army Home Energy Aid program assisted this household in retaining all their utility services. Six months later this family is still in their home together.

     

    Utility bills are an on-going challenge for seniors, persons with disabilities and families on low and fixed incomes, especially during Tulsa’s hot summer days and cold winter nights. The average request for an energy assistance bill is $130.  To help assist those in need, utility customers are encouraged to support energy assistance programs year round ONG Share the Warmth and PSO Light a Life. The Salvation Army receives several thousand requests for assistance with utility bills annually. Funds raised in Tulsa will help support individuals and families living in Tulsa County. Last year, close to $48,000 was raised during the Home Energy Aid Month events throughout Oklahoma.

    For more information, call The Salvation Army at 918-587-7801.