​Payment assistance available for qualifying DREMC members

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) continues to support their members by providing payment assistance through Project HELP.

The goal of this program is to enable DREMC members to stay current on their electric bills during times of financial stress, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and associated rise in unemployment.

This emergency residential energy assistance program is facilitated by generous monthly and one-time donations from members and DREMC employees and is overseen by local nonprofit organizations in each of the seven counties served by the cooperative. Since its inception in 2015, Project HELP has yielded more than $214,000 in donations. A contribution of an additional $30,000 was recently made by DREMC and was matched by the Tennessee Valley Authority through their COVID-19 Community Care Fund.

“Helping our members during difficult times makes a difference to the families who are struggling,” said DREMC President and CEO Scott Spence. “With support from Project HELP, many are receiving assistance with electric bill payments as economic challenges continue.”

Locally DREMC partners with Franklin County Good Samaritan Association to offer Project HELP assistance year-round.

“Project HELP gives Duck River Electric employees a resource to offer members in a time of need,” said Office Supervisor Amy Holcomb. “Members can apply for immediate relief of their financial need through Project HELP rather than extending due dates and prolonging the worry associated with making a payment. Project HELP is a great support for those in need of assistance.”

To determine program eligibility and apply for assistance through Project HELP, visit the Franklin County Good Samaritan Association at 1725 Decherd Boulevard in Decherd. Normal hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To speak with someone at the organization, call 931-967-9336.

Community donations are vital to the success of Project HELP. To make a monthly donation, check the appropriate box on your DREMC billing statement, contact your local office or visit www.dremc.com. One-time donations are also accepted at any DREMC office. All donations go directly to help those who qualify for Project HELP assistance.

“If you are unable to pay the electric bill, remember that Project HELP may provide part or all of the solution,” said Spence.