Change for Charity
Utility Bill Payment Assistance Program
Lending a helping hand to our neighbors in need
The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) approved the establishment of a new Change for Charity Program Fund at its June 17, 2020 board meeting in response to the COVID-19 health crisis for residential customers struggling to pay their electric bills.
How can someone apply/find out if they are eligible for bill payment assistance?
The Change for Charity program fund is administered by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a 501c3 nonprofit, to grant electric bill assistance to eligible households. The funds are administered at no additional cost and are exclusively for KPUB’s residential customers.
KPUB does not handle any bill payment assistance requests directly. Requests for financial aid must be made through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul since they are the nonprofit organization that administers the program funds.
Eligibility for electric bill assistance through program funds is granted exclusively for KPUB residential customers and is qualified by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for income-eligible households and on a case-by-case emergency situation.
Instructions to apply can be found on their website at svdpndkerr.org/financial-aid.
Program Opt Out
Why was the program established?
As a community-owned, not-for-profit utility company, Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) is here to help power a better community.
In response to COVID-19, KPUB suspended disconnects and late penalties for customers with past due accounts during the months of March-July 2020, as did utilities across the nation.
Amid this health crisis, KPUB approved the establishment of a new Change for Charity program fund at its June 17, 2020, board meeting to help our neighbors in need by providing utility bill payment assistance.
In July 2021, the KPUB Board of Trustees voted to transition the Change for Charity program into a permanent one to continue helping our neighbors in need.
How does the program work?
Program funds will be collected by automatically rounding up the change on residential customers’ monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar. For example, if your utility bill is $87.63, it would be rounded to $88.00 even. The additional $.37 cents would be placed into the Change for Charity Program Fund.
How was I notified about this new program?
KPUB’s Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the program in an open, public meeting on June 17, 2020. Customers were notified in bill announcements during the month of July, an email message through SmartHub, KPUB’s website and various social media/press announcements explaining the program and how to opt-out of it.
Additionally, KPUB mailed a program transition letter in September 2021 to all our customers notifying them that the KPUB Board of Trustees made the program a permanent one to continue helping our neighbors in need.
Is program participation mandatory?
The donation amount to the program fund will be shown on a residential customer’s bill automatically beginning in July 2020. However, program participation is optional.
If a customer does not want to participate in the program, they can opt-out by contacting KPUB’s Customer Service Department at 830.257.3050, emailing [email protected] or through their online SmartHub account. Refunds will be granted to any residential customers who would like their donations refunded back to them, for up to 36 prior billing cycles. The refund will be issued as a credit to requesting customers on their next billing cycle.
What is the average amount a customer pays?
The average customer contribution per program participant is just $0.50 a month or $6.00, in change, a year. While that is a small amount, the dollars add up quickly when many customers participate.
Can someone choose to donate more?
Yes! Customers can opt to contribute a specific monthly amount or a combination of both (donating both the rounded-up change and an additional specific monthly amount). Contact KPUB’s customer service at (830) 257-3050 to customize your monthly contribution.
What if I was already donating to the Share the Light program?
Can a commercial customer participate in the program?
Commercial customer participation is not an automatic enrollment. But yes, commercial customers can request to be opted-in to the Change for Charity Program by contacting KPUB’s Customer Service Department at 830.257.3050, emailing [email protected] or through their online SmartHub account.