BARC Introduces New Program
During the winter we all use more electricity; the heaters are running, we watch more television, we turn the lights on earlier, and the kids spend more time inside playing on computers and video game consoles. In other words: we all use more electricity. This reality can be disastrous for a family in economic crisis.
Approximately 15 out of 100 people in our area struggle to pay their electricity bill. BARC member service representatives work to find ways to help members avoid disconnects. Now, qualified members facing financial hardship can also find help through Power from the Heart.
BARC has partnered with CornerStone Bank, The Salvation Army, Rockbridge Area Relief Association, and Bath County Emergency Services. Power from the Heart is designed to help members keep the electricity on when times are tough.
Members who enroll in the program have the option of rounding their electric bill up to the nearest dollar. The maximum contribution is $.99 each month. The average customer will contribute $6.00 per year and can opt out at anytime. The funds collected are deposited and managed by CornerStone Bank in Lexington, Virginia.
Screening and approval of applicants is done by the Salvation Army, Bath County Emergency Fund, and Rockbridge Area Relief Association. Power from the Heart is not intended to be a regular remedy to paying bills, but a last resort for members facing disconnection.
Power from the Heart is a member supported community based economic cooperative program. For more information about the program: barcelectric.com.