Woodyard Fund helps mom pay power bill
For many people, it doesn’t take much to disrupt a tight budget. But losing an entire income would be devastating to most.
When Erica Wilder’s two-income family became a one-income singleparent home, she had to make some adjustments. Still, even with those adjustments, she found herself unable to pay her power bill.
“I’m just going through a bunch of things,” Wilder says. “And one of those things, I just needed some help with my light bill.”
Following the suggestion of a friend, Wilder found the Woodyard Fund, which has been helping community members who need temporary assistance paying their power bills for various reasons for more than 200 years.
The Woodyard Fund is an annual campaign run by the Salvation Army that helps pay energy bills for Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry county residents who are in crisis situations.
Through the Woodyard Fund, which traces its origins to 1816, community members can donate money to help those who need help paying utility bills. The State newspaper has worked with the Woodyard Fund by publicizing the fund and those it helps since 1930.
Sometimes, Wilder says, just a little bit of help can go a long way. And in this case, not having to worry about squeezing out money to pay the power bill took away a lot of stress and helped her focus on paying other bills. She was very thankful for the assistance.
Eligible households get vouchers redeemable at businesses that provide heating services. The Salvation Army reimburses the businesses for the voucher amounts.
Each applicant is screened to verify need and to ensure that no other resources are available.
Donors contributed $93,446 to last year’s fund, which allowed the Salvation Army to provide utility assistance to 221 families from December through March. How to give help:
Donations can be mailed to the Woodyard Fund, c/o The Salvation Army of the Midlands, P.O. Box 2786, Columbia, SC 29202. Make checks payable to the Woodyard Fund. All donations are taxdeductible. How to get help: Area residents who need assistance with heating bills can call (803) 462-5093 for more information or to make an appointment for assistance.
Becky Lewis, in memory of Helen Wingard Hill, $300; Anonymous, $500; John and Maureen Lee, $100; Grover and Patricia Shuler, $100; David and Leslie Wylie, $ 75; Amy Shell, $100; Carol Krebs, $50; J.C. Moorefield, $50; Elizabeth Cantey, $100; Anonymous, $25; Dean Kress, in honor of Lynn E. Kress of Isle of Palms, $200; Woman’s Cooperative Missionary, $100; Kenneth and Frances May, $500; James and Beverly Telfer, $500; Joseph and Julie McCue, $3,000; Employees of L-J. Inc, $1,000; L-J Inc.,-in memory of Barney Allen Jordan Sr. and all his children, $1,000; Neda Osterman, $100; Mary Joyce Shealy, $200; William Todd, $200; Deidra Jo McMillin, $100; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney S. Locke, $100; Lee C. Siple, $100; Christine Rankin, $50; Richard and Ursula Smith, $3,000; Lucretia and William Seigler, $200; Helen and Richard Vaughn, $30; Anonymous, $50; New Hope Lutheran Church, $545.