Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MetroCare Golf Tournament is Fri. May 19 at Providence Golf Course

The MetroCare program was designed to provide bill-paying assistance to eligible families that have special needs or who are experiencing a hardship during the winter heating season. Recipients of MetroCare live within the Richmond Department of Public Utilities’ service area.

The program began in 1999, started by a dedicated group of DPU employees in an effort to help meet the needs of customers who were experiencing problems paying their heating bills. They organized MetroCare’s flagship event, the MetroCare Golf Tournament -- scheduled for May 19 this year -- to provide an additional source of funding for the MetroCare program.

Additional funding for MetroCare comes from DPU customer bill contributions, contributions through the United Way campaign, the DPU Matching Funds Program, DPU Friday Jeans Day, and individual and/or company donations.

MetroCare is administered by the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg and its partner agencies (Capital Area Network Uplifting People and The Salvation Army). It is listed as a qualified agency through which donations are accepted in the annual United Way campaign. The agency code is 0246.

All donations are used to aid in the payment of primary home heating bills that may include, but are not limited to, natural gas, oil, electricity, propane, wood, coal or water (hot or steam) and disbursed under the program from December 15 to April 30.

No funds contributed to MetroCare are used for administrative expenses. After expenses, the 2015 MetroCare Golf Tournament raised $18,823.18, bringing the year-to-date total to $260,347.09.

Since its inception, and through March 2016, MetroCare has raised more than $749,142 and assisted more than 2,373 families. This includes $267,250.41 provided by DPU through its Matching Funds Program that was established during the 2005-06 program period, as well as the MetroCare Golf Tournament funds raised.s.

We Accept Donations!

DPU employees and other donors provide support to MetroCare through DPU-sponsored events such as the spring golf tournament and other special event fundraisers. Additional support is provided by customers through donations made through their utility bills and from contributions to the annual United Way Campaign (agency code #246). Direct contributions can be made by sending a check to DPU/MetroCare, 730 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219.

How to Apply:

Application Period:  December 15 - April 30

1. Whose eligible? Any person who lives in the DPU service area who have a combined household  I
     income equal to or less than 225 percent times the federal poverty guideline, or who are
     unemployed, or who have a demonstrated family crisis, may receive MetroCare assistance.

2. Persons must be determined by an authorized intake and disbursing Agency (see agencies below)
    to meet eligibility guidelines.

3. Participants must first have used any federal/state/fuel assistance, EnergyShare or other similar
    program, or have been determined ineligable for such programs.

4. MetroCare will pay one bill payment of last resort up to $500 per heating season.

If your income falls below the Federal Poverty Guidelines, you are unemployed, or have a family crisis, apply at one of the following locations:

Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP)
1021 Oliver Hill Way
(9:30 a.m.- Noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command
2 W. Grace St.
(804) 225-7470
(8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

For more information, call DPU's Customer Care (804) 646-7000

How to Participate:

Date:  Friday, May 19, 2017.

Time: 12 p.m.  Shot-Gun Tee-Off

Location:  Providence Golf Course
                  1160 South Providence Road
                  Richmond, VA

Cost: $80 entry fee includes green fees, cart, prizes and cookout and awards ceremony afterward.

In addition to donations from sponsors and players, individuals and businesses are welcome to make tax-deductible contributions that will go directly to the MetroCare program.

To register for this year’s event, or for donation information, call 646-1120 or e-mail

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