LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative Charitable Foundation released $20,000 to Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with their electric bills.
“Our KIUC Charitable Foundation board wanted to help those in our community, which is experiencing financial hardships due to the coronavirus,” said foundation President Teofilo Phil Tacbian.
Affected Kaua‘i residents should call KEO at 245-4077 or email email@example.com to apply.
The KIUC Charitable Foundation has been funding an Emergency Electric Assistance program administered by KEO since 2008, and has released more than $140,000 and helped more than 600 families who needed assistance with their electric bills.
The KIUC Charitable Foundation is governed by 11 directors, including four members of the KIUC board of directors, three KIUC employees and four community members.
The foundation is funded in part by legislation signed in 2005 by Gov. Linda Lingle that enabled KIUC to keep and use for charitable purposes unclaimed refunds that would have previously been turned over to the state for its use. None of these funds come from KIUC assets.