Project Share energy assistance program ramps up

Posted at 6:40 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 20:40:42-05

As we enter into the season of giving, there is an easy way to donate some loose change without ever having to leave your home.

Idaho Power's "Project Share" program allows you to do just that with all the funds going to help struggling families pay their energy bills.

Last year, over $186,000 was raised, which helped hundreds of Idahoans in need.

The program money can also be used to pay for heating commodities such as wood, propane, oil, coal and furnace repairs.

Through an application process, the Salvation Army distributes the funds. To see if you qualify, stop by any Salvation Army location or give them a call.

"It makes such a big difference to families and individuals who need assistance, and it's as easy as rounding up to the nearest dollar," says Cheryl Paoli, Idaho Power special needs programs coordinator.

Look for the "Project Share" insert in your next Idaho Power bill. For every donation you submit, a portion of the total will be matched and passed on to the Salvation Army.

Otherwise, you can jump online to make a donation through the Idaho Power website at any time.

For a complete list of energy assistance agencies and programs available to you, visit