NES's Change for Charity became change of mind for the NES Board. From AC Kleinheider at the Nashville Post:
“We (NES) received feedback from customers that they prefer opt in programs, like NES’ Project Help program,” said NES CEO Decosta Jenkins. “While this new program would have provided much-needed assistance to charitable organizations in our community, we are listening to our customers and will not implement Change for Charity at the present time. NES Press Release"At this present time" reads like we'll wait until they're not paying attention and try this at a later time. I'm glad they rethought this though. Their press release says the program allowed folks to donate "approximately 50 cents a month to charity". Of course that's just the average of rounding up. It'd been 99 cents for those folks with bills ending in .01.
In the meantime, NES encourages customers, who are able, to sign up for Project Help. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from Project Help go to pay the electric bills of needy families in our community so they can stay warm during the winter months.100% of the voluntary donations by electric customers go to help folks stay warm vs. 80% and a 20% slush fund for NES to dole out.
Twenty percent of Change for Charity funds are available in grant form to 501(c)(3) organizations, and 80% of funds will be distributed to Metro Action Commission, Ladies of Charity, and Big Brothers of Nashville for energy assistance.Now if we could get a few other government entities to pull their hands out of our pocketbooks.
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