Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester Public Utilities announces the Neighbors Chipping In Program in a voluntary, ongoing fundraising program to benefit RPU customers in need of help.

According to a press release from RPU, this program allows RPU customers to help other RPU customers by agreeing to have their monthly utility bill "rounded-up" to the next whole dollar or by an amount of their choosing.

“There has been a growing need in the Rochester community for resources and support with paying utility bills. We wanted to customize a program that would provide the assistance needed, as well as, leverage our existing local resources and partnerships,” said Krista Boston, RPU Director of Customer Relations.

Customers that are interested in participating in this program can donate in two ways. One, they can choose to have their monthly total bill rounded up to the nearest dollar each month. Or two, they can pick a fixed amount ($5, $10, or any dollar amount of their choosing). The rounded-up amount or fixed amount will then appear on their monthly utility bill.

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RPU is collaborating with Three Rivers Community Action to allocate the collected funds to customers who qualify and already participate in the Energy Assistance PRogram. When there are not enough EAP funds available, Neighbors Chipping In will help supplement the need within the community.

Those that are interested in signing up, please visit the RPU website and click the Neighbors Chipping In link under Residential Programs. You can also find more information on Neighbors Chipping In here.


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