The Season of Giving

illustration of hands nearly touching below the outline of a heart containing a electric socketThe father was very worried. He had four children at home, and an elderly parent with dementia requiring constant care. A large medical bill had thrown the family’s budget into near collapse, and it was winter. How would he pay for heat?

Fortunately, there were emergency funds available when this man’s family needed them. Too often, other parents, seniors, and disabled people need help this time of year, and funds aren’t available. Project Care is one way you can help those with unanticipated emergencies, by adding a donation on your payment coupon or by signing up for Round Up for Project Care. Customers who donate using Round Up volunteer to have their bills rounded up to the next dollar every month. The average Round Up donation ends up being 51 cents a month. Even if the highest Round Up donation was made (99 cents a month) the most one would donate in a year would be $11.88. If half of our customers donated to Round Up, nearly $10,000 a month would be raised to help people in desperate financial need. How to sign up? Check the Round Up box in Smart Hub, or send us a “Sign me up for Round Up” email to with your account number or service address, or call us at 541-265-3211 and press “4.”

Project Care funds are distributed to those in need by three nonprofit in Central Lincoln’s service area, and donations are tax-deductible.