Members Helping Members
Based on figures at 2016 year end
Members Helping Members, Inc. is a community non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and was established to assist families needing assistance in paying their electric service bills.
Thanks to our generous local community, over $250,000 has been applied to members' electric bills since 2009. Over 2,300 members are currently contributing over $2,800 monthly in amounts ranging from $1 to $10. Members can also opt to have their bills rounded up to the next dollar each month, and allow that money to be distributed to members in need of assistance.
The Accomack and Northampton County Departments of Social Service determine qualified candidates for assistance in the program. To be eligible a family must be at or below 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; they must have a delinquent electric account of more than $50, and may receive assistance only once in any given calendar year.
If a family qualifies they may be eligible for up to $250 per year in assistance. Anyone who received funds in 2016 will not be eligible for 2017.
Applications for the program are accepted at either Department of Social Services on any Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. in Northampton County and 8:30 a.m. in Accomack. Applicants must visit the Department of Social Services in the county in which they reside. Applicants also must bring a copy of their bill and verification of income to apply.
Applicants do not need to be in the Social Services system to apply for this program
A&N Electric Cooperative, in cooperation with Members Helping Members, Inc., secures funding through voluntary donations through the Cooperative’s electric service bills. Members of A&N Electric Cooperative who would like to donate to the program may do so by checking a box on their electric service bills. By checking the box, the member authorizes the Cooperative to add the amount selected per month to their bills.
Please remember, your donation is tax deductible and one hundred percent of the funds collected goes to those in need. Members Helping Members, is a Community Concerned Organization. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.