How You Can Help
The Salvation Army has been providing home heating and energy assistance across 83 Michigan Counties and 4 Northern Indiana counties for many years. Since 2011 The Salvation Army has assisted more than 45,000 households. Though our programs continue to grow, requests for assistance still outnumber available resources, particularly in the late summer and fall seasons when funds are very limited. Many families we see have their utilities shut off already and are still trying to catch up from the previous winter. The reality is a constant, year-round need for help.
The Salvation Army’s concern is that thousands of households in need of emergency assistance this fall and winter may be denied help because of limited funds. Additional donations will help us reach our goal of meeting the home energy needs of every qualified household.
To make a local donation for utility assistance directly to The Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. All gifts are tax-deductible and will benefit your neighbors in need. On behalf of the thousands of Michigan families helped, we thank you for partnering with us.
In combination with state funds, The Salvation Army partners with several Michigan utility companies to offer low-income assistance programs and bill credits. Although The Salvation Army has established relationships with the utility companies presented on this site, we are always willing and able to work with any utility company to resolve energy crisis on behalf of those in need.
Begun in 1983, PeopleCare is a unique partnership between Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army to help Michigan households who may not qualify for other assistance yet are struggling to make ends meet. Charitable donations from Consumers Energy customers and employees allow The Salvation Army to extend material assistance to families ranging from food to transportation to medical needs. Consumers Energy also generously donates PeopleCare bill credits for its low-income gas and electric customers. Bill credits are applied directly to a customer’s bill based on The Salvation Army caseworker assessment and authorization. When funds from another source are available, caseworkers can also use bill credits to match those funds. In the past 26 years, PeopleCare has helped more than 300,000 Michigan families.
Share the Warmth – Michigan Gas Utilities
MGUNewly launched, Share the Warmth is a joint effort of The Salvation Army, the Michigan-based utility provider Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU), and concerned MGU customers from communities throughout Michigan. During winter and all year long, charitable contributions to the Share the Warmth Fund enable The Salvation Army to extend emergency home heating assistance to low-income or unemployed families living in MGU’s service territory – especially to households with children, elderly or disabled individuals who would otherwise be unable to keep the heat on during these challenging times. The Salvation Army determines program eligibility on a case-by-case basis. All charitable contributions to Share the Warmth are matched by MGU at 50 cents on every dollar.
Western Michigan/Northern Indiana (WMNI) Divisional Social Services Department
Energy Assistance Services Director