By Jennifer from Birch Run, MI
I believe the 2-1-1 Info & Referral service is nationwide. They'll have the list of who can and will help with your utility bills. Chef4You, in case you've forgotten, libraries now offer free internet.
Here in Oregon we have an energy assistance program through the electric company so you may have that too.
I've volunteered for a national charity called Love,INC. They have offices in every state. Here's the link. Call one near you and they will be happy to help! http://www.loveinc.org/our-work/locations/
In many communities (such as L.A., for ex.) they have low-income assistance programs for heat/power. Check with your utility co.
Saginaw County Community Action Committee, Inc.
2824 Perkins Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone (989) 753-7741 Fax (989) 753-2439
Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM Mon - Fri
If they can't help directly, they'll probably know what you need to do to get emergency assistance.
It is so cold right now. If you don't get the heat on soon, be sure to winterize your pipes so you don't have a plumber's bill to add to your woes. During the day, maybe you can hang out at the library (my elderly mother's suggestion) and/or at the outlet mall in the food court, at least for a while.
Contact your local County Assistance Office (it may be called something else in Michigan, but that's what it is here in PA.. it could also be Department of Public Welfare) They should be able to help you with the LIHEAP program if you qualify. Otherwise, do you have a Community Action Agency in your area?
Other places to look for help could be Red Cross, Salvation Army or Churches. Sometimes they are able to help families in need.
Best of luck!
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