Athens-Clarke County residents needing assistance with paying their water bills may get a helping hand this holiday season and beyond thanks to a partnership between the ACC government and the Salvation Army.
Laurie Loftin is Water Conservation Coordinator with the Public Utilities Department.
“Project SHARE is a new program that we are launching. We are very excited to be able to launch this with our water customers. People oftentimes face emergencies, health crises, or just challenging economic times which makes it difficult for them to pay their water bills,” Loftin says.
Loftin says local contributions assist those in the Clarke county community experiencing financial challenges.
“A lot of times people are looking for a way that they can donate, especially during the holiday season, and help the community where they’re living,” Loftin says. “And with Project SHARE, every dollar collected is set aside specifically for those living within Athens, Georgia.”
The Salvation Army determines who qualifies for the aid.
“If people find themselves faced with a high bill, they can apply to the Salvation Army. There is an interview that is set up, they go in, there’s certain documentation you need to bring in with you,” Loftin says. “Salvation Army will determine your eligibility and all assistance is made payable to and sent directly to the public utilities department.”
Those wanting to donate can give monthly on their water bills, or make a one-time contribution. Visit www.accgov.com/projectshare, for more information or to give.