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Project Help


What is that funny little box for on your City of Cookeville or UCEMC utility bill?  That is where you can contribute to Project Help.   All of the money designated is given to HHPC and goes directly to helping people of our community with their electric bills.  There are no administrative costs taken from the donations to this program.  As rates have increased and with the downturn in the economy, we have seen a decrease in the donations to this much needed fund but an increase in requests.  This is an easy way for you to help those in need.  Please consider contributing to Project Help through your utility company.

What is Project Help?

Project Help is a service provided by Cookeville Electric and the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and is administered by Helping Hands of Putnam County. Project Help provides assistance to seniors, the disabled, and needy individuals and families to pay for utility bills.

All the money donated through Project Help is only used for paying utility bills for families in need; none is used for administration. $8,947.89 has been donated to ProjectHelp through the City of Cookeville and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Cooperation so far in 2008. HHPC uses other donated monies every month to pay utility bills that are above the amount given through this program. The next time you are paying your utility bill, consider adding a little extra for Project Help. 

See the TVA website at  www.energyright.com\savingenergy for energy saving tips and home evaluation to help you conserve and decrease your utility bill.

Who can qualify for Project Help?

1. Seniors over 60 years of age

2. Individuals with disabilities

3. Persons in dire economic need, with special consideration given to families with children.

How is Project Help funded?

Project Help is funded through voluntary donations added to the electric bills of contributing Cookeville Electric and Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation customers and through general community donations.

How can I assist Project Help?

You may make arrangements with your electric service to  have them list a monthly donation amount due on your utility bill.  Direct donations are also accepted.

Cookeville Electric, P.O. Box 998, Cookeville, TN 38503-0998

Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, 1794 W. Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501