LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Association of Community Ministries (ACM) is launching a citywide initiative to raise financial assistance for Louisville’s most vulnerable community members, struggling to make ends meet this summer.
To help boost efforts, the LG&E and KU Foundation pledges to match up to $200,000 donated to ACM in July. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Foundation and allocated toward utility bill assistance.
For the first time, utility bill assistance administered by ACM is already depleted before summer’s end because the need is so great. This funding has previously been allocated for the full calendar year, but this year, the fund was depleted before June.
The need for this financial assistance has been heightened due to the pandemic’s long-term financial impacts on low-income neighbors, and overall cost increases.
“With temperatures rising this summer, we’re committed to doing all we can to keep people safe in their homes,” says Clare Wallace, Executive Director of South Louisville Community Ministries.
“We know the pandemic has posed some difficult challenges for vulnerable customers across our community,” said Claire Simms, LG&E Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs. “Our partnership with the ACM is essential for getting these critical funds to customers who need them most.”
Those who would like to help can make a donation through louisvilleministries.org. Community members in need of assistance should contact their local Community Ministries.
“These funds are still extremely limited so, we are only able to assist those who are facing disconnection and have not already received assistance through other available means,” said Wallace.
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