THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — If you’re in Thomasville, the city now has relief for those struggling to make ends meet in the pandemic through a initiative called Project SHARE, a utility assistance program in Georgia.
Community members can donate any additional dollar amount to help someone else who needs a hand.
The city says they have seen quite a bit of their community impacted by the pandemic and, this way, people can help out and keep those donated dollars right in their own neighborhoods.
"At this time we’re realizing how important it is that people get the assistance that they need with agencies like the Salvation Army taking on the Project SHARE and being able to distribute the money and maintain that service for us," said Melissa Donaldson, the customer service director for the City of Thomasville. "It’s a good way to help our customers."
Marinda Williams says situations like this are why some people in her neighborhood are finding it hard to make ends meet.
"So many people have lost their jobs or are laid off because of COVID-19," said Williams.
But a partnership with the City of Thomasville and the Salvation Army is helping.
"It's an awesome opportunity for customers to help other customers," Donaldson said.
Money donated will be collected by the City of Thomasville and given to the Salvation Army for distribution for suffering families.
"Since the COVID pandemic has started at its peak we have reached over 800 customers in a delinquent status," said Donaldson.
Meaning hundreds could benefit from the help!
Williams says her neighbors are bracing for the months ahead.
"It's going to be around for a while so I think it would be good if this program sticks around," Williams said.
The city says the program will be in place for a year and is not just for utilities.
That money will also be used to help local shelters.
Despite the great need for help in the community, they say the community of Thomasville is strong.
"We stick together as one and we have each other's back," said Williams.
They don’t know how long the program will last but hope it will give people a chance to get back on their feet.
If you need help with your utilities, you can call the city at (229) 227-7001 for information about how to get aid or click here.