Lumbee River EMC realizes that many of our members have to stretch their money each month just to make ends meet. When a crisis or emergency occurs, it can create a hardship. Oftentimes, choices have to be made between medicine, food, and electricity.
As part of our continued commitment to our Member-Owners, Lumbee River EMC partners with local community service agencies through our “LREMC Cares Energy Assistance Program” to assistance members who are experiencing a hardship. The agencies use Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) guidelines to determine member eligibility for funds. Eligible members can receive up to $150.00 in assistance one time a year.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a hardship and need assistance with paying an electric bill, we recommend you consult the community service agency in your area:
Fayetteville Urban Ministry
701 Whitfield Street
Fayetteville, NC 28306
Senior Services of Hoke County
423 E. Central Avenue
Raeford, NC 28376
Robeson County Church & Community Services
600 West 5th Street
Lumberton, NC 28358
Scotland County Community Services
108 S. Gill Street
In addition to contacting the agencies listed above, North Carolina 2-1-1 has trained professionals that can provide referrals to resources for utility assistance, basic human needs, child care, elder care, housing assistance and more. Help is available 24/7 just by dialing 211 from your phone.
The North Carolina Department of Social Services offers several ways to assist members with their utility bills.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP): program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.
Crisis Intervention Program (CIP): Federally funded program that assists individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis.
North Carolina Weatherization Assistance: helps low income North Carolinians save energy, reduce their utility bills, and stay safe in their homes.
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina offers LIEAP and CIP services as well for American Indian families in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Counties.
How can you help? You can help your fellow member-owners by contributing as little as .50¢ per month to the LREMC Cares Energy Assistance Program. For more details on how you can help, call 910-843-4131.