PSO employees work every day to provide essential services to our customers. As a Community Affairs Manager, I see firsthand what the needs are in our communities and how PSO helps meet many of those needs, going beyond electric service. The need for utility bill assistance is one that all of our communities consistently have in common. PSO’s support of the Light A Life Energy Fund through our partnership with the Salvation Army remains as much a priority now as it was when the program began in 1986. One way we support Light A Life is by sponsoring home energy aid events during July each year.
Although Light A Life is a year round program, PSO, the Salvation Army, the Masons, OG&E and ONG step up our support of the Salvation Army’s energy assistance programs during Home Energy Aid Month. In previous years, we sponsored a week of events but expanded activities this year to include the entire month of July. As the temperatures rise, the need for assistance increases while natural disasters and economic conditions make it more difficult to raise funds to help. During Home Energy Aid Month, PSO, OG&E and the Masons match donations raised during sponsored events to raise more funds to help our most vulnerable citizens. We also raise awareness of the program and the challenges to encourage those who can to donate throughout the year.
Events planned for Home Energy Aid Month in the Tulsa area include a Bean Chowder Chowdown on Thursday, July 18 from 11 am- 1 pm at the Center of Hope (102 N. Denver) and the PSO & Shock Partnership to raise money for Light A Life during the Shock’s July 19th, 21st and 25th games.
If you’re unable to attend a game, you can still make a donation to be matched by PSO using your personal cell phone to text “Tulsa” to 85944. You will see a charge of $10 on your cell phone for the donation.
PSO supports Light A Life by paying all administrative costs so 100% of customer donations are used to help households in financial crisis pay for the energy they need to heat and cool their homes. Clients are only eligible for assistance once a year and are required to pay a portion of the bill on their own. Your donation is tax deductible and will be sent to the Salvation Army’s Light A Life fund.