In Oklahoma, the Salvation Army partners with electric and gas utility providers to run assistance programs that can help you pay your bill if you're experiencing financial difficulties. In addition, Catholic Charities provides emergency financial assistance for help with basic needs, including utilities, for state residents.
Share the Warmth
Established in 1983, Share The Warmth is a collaboration between the Salvation Army and Oklahoma Natural Gas. The effort helps struggling ONG customers throughout the state. Eligible participants include those who are suffering a financial hardship, seniors and people with disabilities. The Salvation Army reviews applications for assistance. If approved, the Salvation Army makes the payment directly to the utility company.
Light a Life Fund
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Salvation Army team up to administer the Light a Life Fund. PSO customers contribute to the fund by electing to pay a little extra on their bill each month. The year-round program provides help for heating and cooling costs to low-income PSO customers facing a financial emergency. The PSO pays administrative costs associated with running the program. The Salvation Army screens applicants to determine eligibility.
The Lend-a-Hand program is a joint effort between Oklahoma Gas and Electric and the Salvation Army that offers help with gas and electric bills to customers in 30 counties throughout the state. The program relies on contributions from OG&E customers. Money collected is sent to the Salvation Army to be distributed to help low-income residents pay for gas, electric, fuel or firewood. Contact your local Salvation Army to apply.
Catholic Charities helps people in financial need, no matter what their religious affiliation. In addition to offering food, shelter and clothing, it also provides help for those with delinquent utility bills who are in danger of having services disconnected. You'll need to provide a copy of your utility bill, proof of income and identification to receive assistance. For the nearest location, enter your zipcode at CatholicCharitiesUSA.org/find-help.