Connecting with Territory charities this Christmas02 December 2015
JACANA ENERGY is spreading the Christmas cheer through supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas initiatives and introducing a discounted electricity tariff for charitable organisations registered as Public Benevolent Institutions (PBI).
“Our energy retailing business connects us with people. Partnering with the Salvation Army is a natural alignment with this business purpose; it’s about reaching out and connecting with the most vulnerable in our local community,” says Jacana Energy Stuart Pearce.
Jacana Energy’s involvement with the Salvation Army this Christmas is an exciting development which builds on the existing business partnership between the two organisations.
“Through our Stay Connected program, we bring funding to the Salvation Army and four other local charities providing an emergency lifeline to Territorians who – for all kinds of reasons – suddenly find they don’t know where money to pay their next bill is coming from.”
Each year, Jacana Energy’s emergency funding helps over 500 customers in hardship get on top of their electricity debts and on with their lives. In 2014-2015, Jacana Energy provided nearly 900 electricity relief vouchers to customers in hardship through its Stay Connected program. Customers on the Stay Connected program can also access other assistance through the five partner charities including efficiency advice and financial counselling.
“Over the next few weeks, our staff will lend a hand to collect donations on behalf of the Salvation Army at Palmerston Shopping Centre and Darwin Airport, organise an internal food and toy drive at our head office, and serve meals at the annual Salvation Army Christmas Lunch for the Homeless,” says Mr Pearce.
Jacana Energy is also releasing a new electricity tariff to extend the organisation’s community spirit to business customers operating as public benevolent institutions (PBI) in the Territory.
This new tariff is designed to assist charitable organisations like the Salvation Army lower their energy costs and use more of their funds where it really matters: to help people in needs.
“Jacana Energy is committed to social responsibility by aligning our values, purpose and objectives to the needs of our community. The new PBI tariff is a perfect example of how as a local electricity retailer, we listen to our customers’ needs and provide solutions that make a difference to their lives,” says Mr Pearce.
The PBI tariff is currently being rolled out to over 280 registered accounts across the Northern Territory.