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CenterPoint Energy sets goal to raise $30,000 to help those in need pay energy bills
For each Online Billing enrollment through the holiday promotion, CenterPoint Energy will donate $5 to HeatShare

MINNEAPOLIS – December 19, 2013 – CenterPoint Energy invites customers to take advantage of its paperless Online Billing promotion to fund The Salvation Army’s HeatShare Program and help those in need pay their energy bills. For every Online Billing enrollment through the holiday promotion, CenterPoint Energy will donate $5 to HeatShare now through Jan. 31, 2014, or earlier if the $30,000 goal is met. 

“Last year, nearly 40,000 Minnesota families requested HeatShare assistance but only 4,200 received it due to lack of funding” said Jean Krause, director of Community Relations for CenterPoint Energy.  “We are happy to offer an opportunity to raise more funding for this much needed cause and help the environment by going paperless.”
HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for families in crisis, low-income seniors, disabled people unable to maintain a steady income and anybody experiencing an unexpected financial emergency pay energy bills. Funds are typically used to pay for natural gas, oil, propane, wood, electricity and emergency furnace repairs. The non-governmental program is offered at most Salvation Army operation centers in Minnesota. Call 1-800-842-7279 to find the office that serves your area.

To participate, customers can visit CenterPointEnergy.com/ShareWarmth and follow the links to enrollment. Customers who are already enrolled in Online Billing or prefer not to enroll can make a donation on their natural gas bill by following the Make a pledge now.
CenterPoint Energy aims to enhance the quality of life in local communities by reaching out as a caring neighbor and is re-emphasizing its commitment to the local economy and the environment.  CenterPoint Energy continues to maintain a long-standing focus on education, community development and volunteer outreach.  To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns a 58.3 percent limited partner interest in a
midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major
natural gas and liquids-rich producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.