To the Editor:
I recently read a letter in the paper that was a little misleading upon further review.
I spoke with the Belleville Salvation Army (the charitable organization that Illinois American refers you to). The Salvation Army’s trained caseworkers determine the needs of families and individuals, you actually apply with them for assistance. UW Cares also sends you to a charitable organization often the Salvation Army or the United Way.
I take offense to you saying that O’Fallon does not have something similar, especially since I support these organizations. Yes, O’Fallon residents do not donate extra money on their water bill to be given to assist the Salvation Army with helping people pay their water bills.
I say assist because the Salvation Army makes up a large amount of the difference that helps people in need with these bills. But the residents donate a lot of money through numerous other charitable means in O’Fallon to help their own citizens with their utility bills.
St. Vincent De Paul is group that supports individuals and families experiencing poverty in our local community through a phone call and/or a home visit to offer assistance. The O’Fallon Township is another local charitable organization that is supports their own community through assisting in utility bills.
So Illinois American and United Water actually have the exact same thing in place with regards to directing you to a charitable organization.
Heather De Vine