Last winter, Energy Share helped a family facing hardship — a vehicle needing repair, sewer issues, high heating bills and a failed water heater — to keep their heat on, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

The family was one of 2,885 in Montana — 22 in Jefferson County, according to Executive Director Rachel Haberman — Energy Share helped last year.

“We spent a total of $11,005 helping these [Jefferson County] families,” Haberman said by email. Their emergencies included unemployment, unexpected expenses and injuries.

Energy Share relies on private donations, 100% of which are used to help households in need, the news release states. Energy Share partners with the 10 statewide Human Resource Development Councils to review applications for assistance.

If you need help paying a home energy bill or know someone who does call Rocky Mountain Development Council at 800-356-6544 or Energy Share at 888-779-7589.

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