ATLANTA — Georgia Power is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the longstanding Project SHARE initiative throughout the 2015 holiday season.

Project SHARE, established in partnership with The Salvation Army in 1985, was one of the first fuel funds in America and provides assistance for expenses such as utility bills, housing, food and even medical necessities.

Because donated funds are allocated back to residents in the same community, the unique program is highly localized with more than one million Georgians benefiting from the program over the past three decades.

“Our commitment to excellent customer service is underscored by our focus on developing customer-focused partnerships and programs with trusted community organizations like The Salvation Army,” said Louise Scott, vice president of customer service for Georgia Power. “The Project SHARE program, driven by our customers’ generosity and desire to help their neighbors, is one of our most successful programs year after year.”

“Every day, people in need throughout Georgia turn to Project SHARE, and it is a blessing to be able to provide them with heat, light, shelter and peace of mind,” said Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army of Georgia. “Through Project SHARE, The Salvation Army is able to serve thousands of additional Georgia families in financial crisis. We are grateful for the vital support, generosity and community concern of Georgia Power and their participating customers.”

Program Has Broad Impact
Since Project SHARE’s inception, approximately 354,000 households throughout the state have received assistance with more than $65 million contributed to the program by Georgia Power and its customers. Last year, more than 37,000 Georgia Power customers donated to the program leading to a total contribution, including Georgia Power’s match, of more than $2.4 million.

Donate to Project SHARE
Although Georgia Power’s support of the program continues throughout the year, the company highlights the work of Project SHARE annually on December and January Georgia Power bills. By enrolling in the program, customers have the option to make an automatic monthly donation of $1, $2, $5 or $10 simply by adding the amount to their bill payment. Georgia Power then matches the donation, dollar for dollar.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D. Power and Associates.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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