Metropolitan Utilities District established the Heat Aid Fund in 1983 and contracts with several agencies to administer the program.
Since its inception, the Fund has served approximately 35,000 customers, including older adults, people with disabilities and families in crisis. The fund distributes $200,000 on average each year to help customers pay their heating bills.
There are several ways to donate to the Fund:
• Write an amount on your M.U.D. bill statement to give a one-time gift or to begin a monthly pledge.
• Visit www.mudomaha.com, complete a contribution form and send to: Heat Aid Fund, Metropolitan Utilities District, 1723 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102.
• Participate in the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth March 3, 2018, at Werner Park.
If you need help to pay heating bills, the first step is to contact the Nebraska Energy Assistance Program at 800.383.4278 or apply on-line at www.dhhs.ne.gov. To find out more about eligibility requirements, call United Way of the Midland's call center at 2-1-1.