Gastonia, NC, Feb. 7, 2008 – PSNC Energy today celebrated the 25th anniversary of its partnership with The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund by presenting a check for $25,000. The money is in addition to the $60,000 donated by the company since last fall - $40,000 given at the beginning of the 2007-2008 heating season and $20,000 in matching funds for customer and employee contributions.
“We’re proud to celebrate our longstanding partnership with The Salvation Army and to recognize the contribution this program has made to our community,” said PSNC Energy President and Chief Operating Officer Rusty Harris. “We understand the burden energy bills can have on families in need, and we’re honored to join our customers in supporting this program.”
The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund was initiated by PSNC Energy in 1983 as a partnership between the company and The Salvation Army to provide assistance to needy, disabled and elderly individuals who need help paying their energy bills. Funds are distributed by local Salvation Army agencies to residents living in PSNC Energy’s service territory - regardless of the type of fuel they use. Nearly $2 million has been disbursed since the program began.
“This program’s impact on the community over the last 25 years is immeasurable because it has done more than warm homes, it has also warmed the spirits of those in need," said Major Vern Jewett, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in North and South Carolina.
PSNC Energy customers can contribute to Heat Care by either requesting to have a specific donation amount added to their monthly natural gas bill or by including a separate check -- made payable to The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund -- with their monthly natural gas bill payment. Heat Care donation forms are available at www.psncenergy.com, but anyone can donate to the fund by mailing a check made payable to The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund to: Heat Care Fund, c/o PSNC Energy, P.O. Box 1398, Gastonia, NC 28053. All donations are tax deductible.
About PSNC Energy: PSNC Energy, headquartered in Gastonia, N.C., is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina. The utility distributes natural gas to approximately 450,000 customers in 96 cities and communities, including the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia, and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; and the Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Sylva areas in the western part of the state. More information about PSNC Energy is available through the company’s web site at www.psncenergy.com.