Power To Care
A Service Program of The Salvation Army & Entergy
In the early 1980’s, a group of concerned professionals advocated for the needs of low-income Mississippians who were struggling to pay costly electric bills. They narrowed their efforts to focus primarily on the needs of the elderly and disabled.
This group, known as the Energy Concern Advisory Council, approached Mississippi Power & Light Company regarding the lack of resources available to assist this special population pay their bills. MP&L and the Advisory Council identified the Salvation Army as the coordinating agency for this project.
Energy Concern was launched in 1983 with a $50,000 contribution from stockholders. Today, the program is sustained by contributions from Entergy’s customers and employees.
Energy Concern is the Salvation Army’s third oldest fuel fund program in the United States.
May, 2008, the program’s name was changed to The Power to Care. The new name describes what we all have the power to do—make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and ourselves.
Participating agencies are social services organizations (public or private) that have received an authorization code assigned by the program administrator. Applications are accepted from authorized agencies and representatives only.
- An unforeseen emergent need must exist (financial, medical, or other crisis situation).
- Clients 60 years old or older, head of household (social security, employment, VA, retirement, etc. income is required), mentally and/or physically disable, have a disabled spouse, or have a disabled dependent that requires full-time care preventing the client from working (social security disability, income required).
- Eligible applicants may request assistance up to three times during a fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) or a one-time request for the maximum limit.
- There is a 90-day waiting period between each assistance request.
- Program funds will be applied to the current month’s charge. An itemized bill for current month is required when submitting the application. Funds are not applied to fees associated with deposits, disconnect fees, insufficient fund fees, tampering charges, light poles, and bulbs.
- The bill must bear the name of the applicant or legal spouse or legal power of attorney.
- The applicant is responsible for previous charges and balances.