Jim worked his entire life and retired planning to live modestly. But when his wife had a medical crisis, their finances were wiped out and life as they knew it was turned upside down.
“We were getting back on our feet on a small income, but we fell behind on our utility bills and couldn’t get out of that hole,” Jim said.
In his time of need, Jim turned to Fort Collins Utilities and Energy Outreach Colorado for help. Through help from the Payment Assistance Fund, Jim and his wife were able to catch up on their overdue utility bill and get back on track.
“The program helped us get caught up [on our electric bill] and we are more stable now,” Jim said.
Jim and his wife are not alone in their struggle. With increasingly high housing costs, unexpected medical crises and life’s regular curveballs, many local families and individuals struggle to pay their electric and water bills. Often, the need for assistance exceeds the available resources and people are turned away. Because of this, we are asking for your help.
You can help those in need with a monthly or one-time donation to Utilities’ Payment Assistance Fund. One hundred percent of donations assist families and individuals in our community. Every donation is matched dollar-for-dollar by Energy Outreach Colorado, so your gift goes further. All donations, no matter the size, make a difference.
How to Donate:
By mail: complete and return the Payment Assistance Fund envelope in your November Fort Collins Utilities bill
In person: 222 Laporte Ave.