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Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund

Neighbor_Helping_Neighbor_logo_175With today’s soaring energy costs, many New Hampshire residents are one job loss, uninsured illness, or other bad break away from not being able to pay their utility bills. By contributing to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund, you can help others who face an energy emergency but don’t qualify for federally funded energy assistance programs. Every cent of your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to assist someone who needs help but has nowhere else to turn.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor was established in 1986 by Public Service of New Hampshire in partnership with the six Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the state, as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable corporation to help utility customers who experience some sort of emergency or financial hardship but are unable to qualify for other government-funded energy assistance programs. Grants are designed to prevent these customers from having their utility service disconnected because they are unable to pay their bills. The program typically assists some 1,200 New Hampshire families each year.

In 1992, the Neighbor Helping Neighbor program expanded to include all the investor-owned natural gas and electric utilities. Because the utilities pay for the administrative costs of the program, every penny contributed goes to help someone who faces disconnection of his or her utility service and does not qualify for other forms of assistance.

Making a Contribution

As a PSNH customer, you can contribute to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund in several ways:

  1. You can send a contribution through the Neighbor Helping Neighbor donation envelope that comes with your PSNH bill.
  2. If you pay exactly $1 over the amount due on your PSNH bill, PSNH will automatically allocate that dollar to Neighbor Helping Neighbor. The contribution will appear on your next bill statement as a line item in the Your Account Summary section at the top of the bill.
  3. You can make your contribution by credit card through a secure site on the Neighbor Helping Neighbor website.
  4. Another option is to mail a check to:
    Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund
    P.O. Box 3804
    Manchester, NH 03105-3804

Getting Assistance through Neighbor Helping Neighbor

You can apply for assistance through the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund at any of the local outreach offices of New Hampshire’s six Community Action Agencies. Contact the local CAA in your area for more information.

Community Action Agencies

Belknap/Merrimack County – Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties Inc.
Rockingham County – Rockingham Community Action Inc.
Hillsborough County – Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc.
Cheshire & Sullivan Counties – Southwestern Community Services
Strafford County – Strafford County Community Action
Coos, Carroll and Grafton Counties – Tri-County Community Action 

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