Earlier this year, the Village of Edgerton mayor and council created the Edgerton Cares Fund to assist local residents who experience difficulty paying their water, sewer, storm and electric bills, as well as rent or mortgage payments.
The fund provides up to $500 per customer per year of emergency financial assistance to village customers who face utility service disconnection for non-payment or eviction. The fund is administered by Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) and is 100% funded through donations from Edgerton customers, employees and community fundraisers.
Since May 20, the fund has assisted six Edgerton households and prevented utility service disconnection for non-payment. As the winter heating season and holidays draw near, the village anticipates that additional households will need assistance to prevent disconnection and/or foreclosure and eviction. The fund currently has a balance of $1,165.96 and the village is seeking the help of businesses and individuals to raise additional funds to support their neighbors during the winter season.
“Please consider donating to the community fund,” the village said in a news release. “Your donation would be greatly appreciated and would make a difference for the citizens of our community.”
Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to NOCAC at 1933 E. 2nd St., c/o Amber Simmons, Defiance, OH 43512.