Dakota Electric Association distributed $27,555 in 2011 through its Helping Neighbors® program to the Community Action Program, The Salvation Army and 360 Communities for local energy assistance. In 2011, giving was down approximately $2,700 from the previous year.

“This money is available because of our members’ generous donations to the Helping Neighbors program,” Greg Miller, Dakota Electric president and chief executive officer, said. “Dakota Electric is merely the conduit and is pleased to make the donations on our members’ behalf.”

Dakota Electric’s Helping Neighbors is an on-going program established by the Helping Neighbors Trust. Since its inception in 1993, the Helping Neighbors program has donated $435,244 to assist people in need.

Dakota Electric members interested in making tax-deductible contributions to the Helping Neighbors program have the option of making a single donation or a recurring monthly donation, which can be put on the electric bill. For more information, members may contact Dakota Electric at 651-463-6212 or find more info about Helping Neighbors online.