In addition to the assistance the Oklahoma Department of Human Services offers, there are community organizations and private corporations who assist families with energy needs. These resources are listed here.
Organizations assisting low-income families
- Local churches;
- Lend-A-Hand, Light-A-Life or Share-the-Warmth programs administered by the Salvation Army;
- Community or neighborhood organizations; or
- Community Action Agencies for weatherization.
Low-Income Rate Assistance
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Eligible Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) customers participating in OG&E's Low Income Assistance Program (LIAP) receive a credit of $10 per month applied to their bill. For more information, contact OGE at (405) 272-9741 or 1-800-272-9741.
Oklahoma Natural Gas
LIHEAP customers receive a reduction in their gas bill which averages $5.03 a month during the winter months of October through April and $4.26 during the summer months of May through September. For more information, call 1-800-664-5463.
Low-Income Energy Efficiency
Oklahoma Gas & Electric: Hand-N-Hand
Free home weatherization for senior citizen homeowners unable to do the work themselves. For more information, call (405) 553-3642.
Emergency Charitable Assistance
Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.
Cherokee Electric Cooperative: Operation Warm
Customer contributions are used to assist the needy with their electrical bills. The funds collected through Operation Warm are administered through the Cherokee County Crisis Center. For more information, visit www.cherokee-electric.org/. (Link opens in new window)
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative: Operation Round-Up
In 1998, Northeast Electric launched the Operation Round-Up program. Collected money is placed into a benevolence fund and overseen by the Northeast Electric Cooperative Trust Foundation, Inc. The funds that accumulate in the foundation will be distributed to individuals and organizations which prove to be worthy of the funds. Proper application for funds must be made, and the governing board of trustees (separate from the cooperative's board) will determine who will receive assistance. For more information, call 1-800-256-6405.
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC): Operation Round-Up
An applicant is not required to be a member of OEC to receive assistance. The only requirement to receive help from the foundation is the recipient must live in OEC's service area. Applications are accepted year- round. The Foundation Board meets every four to six weeks. Deadlines for applications change based on meeting dates. For more information, call Patti Rogers at (405) 217-6710 for application deadlines.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric: Lend-A-Hand
Customer contributions are forwarded to the Salvation Army which distributes the money to help pay for electricity, gas, fuel or firewood. For more information, call (405)553-3642.
Oklahoma Natural Gas: Share the Warmth
Funded by customers of Oklahoma Natural Gas and administered by The Salvation Army from November through April. The program is designed to help persons over 62 and persons with disabilities in addition to others with inadequate cash resources for home-heating needs. Funds may be used to pay electric and propane if it is the main source of energy used to heat the home. For more information, call 1-800-664-5463.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO): Light a Life Energy Fund
Contributions come from customers of PSO who also pay administrative costs. Donations from the community may go directly to the Salvation Army, which administers and distributes the fund. For more information, call (918) 599-2000.