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Assistance - Utility

Cooperative Care Program & Smiles for Seniors

Do you or someone you know need assistance?

A local family loses their home in an early morning fire. A young couple is trying to deal with the financial strain of their new daughter’s birth defects. You see these types of stories on the news and read them in the papers.

What have they all got in common? Thanks to Anza Electric’s Cooperative Care Program, the answer to this question is “help in time of need.”

As a cooperative committed to community involvement and member focus, we at AEC are excited to find an effective and easy way to improve the quality of life within our community.

Funds collected from Operation Roundup and unclaimed capital credit checks are used to fund the Cooperative Care Program (CCP).

Applications for the CCP are available here.

In order to apply for assistance through Smiles For Seniors, you will have to contact them directly. Please see their contact information below.

If you’re interested in signing up for Operation Roundup and contributing to our community, please click here.

How can an individual or family apply for funding?

There are two ways to apply:

Download an application for the CCP here. The CCP is open to everyone living in Anza Electric Cooperative's service territory.

If you are a senior (over age 65 or disabled, over age 60) you may apply for assistance two ways; once through CCP and again through Smiles for Seniors. See information below.

Applications for the CCP may be obtained here or at the cooperative office.

The Thimble Club Attn: CCP Committee 
P O Box 391909
Anza, CA 92539 

Grants are limited to a maximum of $300 per household in a 12 month period.

Smiles for Seniors, a nonprofit Senior Assistance Program has their own application. Since 2007 Smiles for Seniors offers Inland Empire low income seniors one time emergency assistance and referrals for basic needs such as Food, Medication, Housing Assistance, Utility Assistance.

To qualify:

  • Seniors must be 65 years of age or older (Or 60 years of age with proof of disability).
  • Income cannot be greater than $15,000 per year single or $25,000 combined.
  • Seniors may use the program one time for emergency assistance.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the Smiles for Seniors Program or you would like to donate or volunteer please visit their website or call 909-790-6671.

Smiles for Seniors
P.O. Box 1113
Yucaipa Ca. 92399.

909-790-6671 Fax 909-790-7112

Grants for individuals are limited to a maximum of $300 one time.

Who is eligible for funding?
To be eligible you must live within the Anza Electric Service territory. You will need to provide proof of your residency with your application so that it can be verified with Anza Electric. You do not need to be a member of AEC but must live within the AEC service territory.

What is the selection process?
Funds are administered by Anza Electric and forwarded to the local charitable organizations. Certain guidelines are followed and decisions are based on the amount of funds available and the number of requests. All applicants will be notified within 30 days of the decision. All checks or payments will be made directly to the service provider unless a special arrangement has been made or due to special circumstances or gift cards are distributed.

Assistance will only be granted for living human beings.


For information on the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) click here. This is a county utility financial assistance and weatherization program.



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