Each year IPL makes a donation to the United Way Winter Assistance Fund to help low-income individuals and families avoid having their gas or electricity turned off during winter months and you can help, too. Contributions can be made online by clicking here or by mailing a check to: United Way of Central Indiana, Winter Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 660054, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0054. You should receive a Winter Assistance Fund contribution envelope in your January electric bill for your convenience. Contributions are tax deductible.
The Winter Assistance Fund is for Marion County residents whose income exceeds guidelines for government energy assistance, yet still have difficulty keeping up with high winter heating bills. In 2013, nearly 1,000 households in Marion County recieved assistance through this fund.
Calls for utility assistance to Connect2Help, a United Way agency that operates the 2-1-1 telephone information and referral service, have skyrocketed in the past few years, and United Way anticipates the increased need to continue. Residents can dial Connect2Help 2-1-1 to find the nearest neighborhood community center or township trustee office to apply for help through the Winter Assistance Fund.