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Hastings Utilities teaming up with Salvation Army for “Share the Warmth” program

Hastings Utilities and the Salvation Army team up to keep people warm during the winter.
Hastings Utilities and the Salvation Army team up to keep people warm during the winter.(KSNB)
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 7:16 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Utilities Department and the Salvation Army are teaming up to keep families warm all winter long.

The Share the Warmth program is back for another year, which runs from Dec. 1 to April 30.

The program provides security to those in the community who may be unable to afford their utility bill during the colder months. The program was designed in coordination with the Salvation Army, Catholic Social Services and Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska. It was specifically tailored to assist the following people:

  • Individuals 60 years of age or older
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Anyone experiencing unusual needs

To become a donor to the Share the Warmth program, customers can fill out the form at hastingsutilities.com or directly at https://bit.ly/2Xlvsk8. Customers will be given the option to add a specific amount of money to their bill each month, which will be sent directly to the Salvation Army for distribution. The contribution is tax deductible and the agreement may be changed or canceled at any time by calling 402-463-1371. 100 percent of the funds collected by the Hastings Utilities Department for the Share the Warmth program will be sent directly to The Salvation Army to assist customers of the Hastings Utilities Department.

If you need funds to assist you with your utility bill, please contact the Salvation Army directly at 402-463-0529.

To qualify, applicants must be a Hastings Utilities Department customer with a delinquent bill or a disconnect notice in the applicant’s name from their current residence. Applicants must be experiencing economic hardship and have a verifiable need:

  • Income/Resource vs. Expense Radio
  • Federal Poverty Guidelines – 125 percent of Poverty Guideline
  • Emergency Circumstances
  • Unemployment

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