The Opportunity For Members To
"Help Each Member Cope"
Haywood Electric Membership Corporation implemented a community service program designed to assist families or individuals experiencing hardships paying energy costs brought about by extreme weather conditions, decrease in household income, or who are experiencing unusual and/or unexpected crises beyond their control. This new program is called “Helping Each Member Cope,” (Project HEMC).
Members will be able to contribute to project HEMC by allowing their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the next highest even dollar. For example, if your month’s bill is $86.81 then your bill would be rounded up to $87.00 with $ .19 being contributed to project HEMC. It has been estimated that a member would contribute an average of $ .50 per month or $6.00 per year.
The high cost of heating fuel is a major concern for all of us, but more so for our neighbors in need. By contributing to Project “Helping Each Member Cope,” you can help provide them with an emergency supply of whatever heating fuel they use (gas, oil, electricity, or wood).
The funds will be turned over to the Department of Social Services and local community action committees. They follow strict guidelines in establishing eligibility for needy members in the Haywood EMC service area. A check will be written to the fuel or energy provider.
The cooperative began rounding up electric bills over a decade ago and has helped members across our service territory.
If you want to participate in the “Helping Each Member Cope” program, give our office a call at 828-452-2281, one of our friendly customer service representatives will help you get started. Your electric bills will then be automatically rounded up to the next highest even dollar. The added cents will go towards helping your neighbors in need.