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MidAmerican Energy’s I CARE Makes Giving Easy

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 17, 2015) – Tis the season for giving and MidAmerican Energy Company’s I CARE program does just that. The program offers customers an easy way to help those in their community struggling to pay their heating bills.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies that assist individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis. The agencies use I CARE funds to help residents pay their heating bills or make their homes more energy efficient.

I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; money is not used by the company. Last year, customers donated nearly $240,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed approximately $60,000 for a total of about $300,000. This amount helped nearly 1,500 families in need.

“I CARE is a partnership between our customers and our company that provides the gift of warmth to those experiencing hardship right in our backyard,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “Despite mild daytime temperatures so far this fall, nights have been colder, and large numbers of families are struggling to keep their homes warm.”

Donating to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the donor’s community. Local community action agencies administer the funds and determine eligibility. To qualify, customers must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.