Wednesday February 3, 2010
With several more weeks of winter weather ahead, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) and Members of the Metro Council have issued a challenge the community in an effort to help those having a hard time keeping up with their winter utility bills.
“We have an opportunity to help those who are struggling just to keep themselves and their families stay warm,” said Ward-Pugh. “We have a way to help ease the burden for those who are having a tough time economically.”
The Councilwoman was joined by other members of the Metro Council, LG&E and the Association of Community Ministries in unveiling the next phase of Metro Match. The program is a partnership to match donations raised by 16 member branches of the Community Ministries.
The Challenge is a simple one.
Each of the Ministries are challenged to raise up to $7,000 over the next three months to help with winter heating assistance for low income families. At the end of April, the Metro Council will match each dollar with a dollar and LG&E will match each dollar with two dollars.
“So the Community Ministries have an opportunity to receive $3 dollars for every $1 dollar raised,” said Ward-Pugh. “But this is where the public has to help. These Ministries need donations in order to raise the funds to get the matching dollars. This is a one time pot of money to help.”
At the kick off of the Challenge, more than $100,000 is available to help the Ministries. Many of the Association’s members have established program that help meet the needs of low income families with food and shelter. Programs are available to assist in off setting utility costs.
The end of April is the deadline for the Ministries to raise the needed funds.
“This is a critical time because March and April are the time when shutoffs occur because bills have not been paid,” said Ward-Pugh. “That’s because the money runs out from those traditional funding sources and the Ministries can’t help those still in need. Our hope is Metro Match will get them through these months ahead.
Twenty three members of the Metro Council have pledged support to Metro Match either through pledged dollar amounts or promises to add money as needed to help the Ministries.
“I am proud of my colleagues who have stepped up to help those in need,” said Ward-Pugh. “It is my hope that the community will join with us by donating to the ministry that serves their area.”
If you would like more information about the 2010 Metro Match program and would like to donate to a specific ministry in your area, you can call Metro Call at 311 or go online to locate a ministry in your area, go to: http://www.louisvilleministries.org/.
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