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09/16/2015 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Kicks Off National Lifeline Awareness Week

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today spread a little goodwill and kicked off its seventh annual National Lifeline Awareness Week by partnering with Goodwill Industries—Big Bend, Inc., to help eligible residents reduce their monthly phone bill through the federal Lifeline Assistance (Lifeline) Program.  Those eligible can save up to $111 annually on their local phone bills, and some Lifeline telephone carriers also offer a cell phone with allotted monthly minutes.

Highlighting the Lifeline program’s success and the PSC’s partnership with Goodwill, Commissioner Ronald A. Brisé was joined at the kickoff by Leon County Commission Chair Mary Ann Lindley, Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox and Goodwill CEO and President Fred G. Shelfer, Jr.

“We’re pleased to partner with Goodwill and our local officials to help consumers benefit from the Lifeline many need to get and stay connected to their communities,” said Commissioner Brisé. “Lifeline helps consumers find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and their children’s schools, and call for help in an emergency.”

The PSC partnered with Goodwill at its Prosperity Center of Tallahassee—designed to help area residents lead financially sound and productive lives—because the Center supports families on their path to self-sufficient and prosperous lifestyles.

“Goodwill continually looks for ways to give back to the community and we’re pleased to celebrate Lifeline Awareness Week with the PSC,” said Mr. Shelfer.  “Phone service is essential to the ultimate long-term success of our Prosperity Center clients to lead healthy, productive lives, and Lifeline will help make this possible.

Joining other states in celebrating National Lifeline Awareness Week, September 14-20, Florida’s kickoff is part of a series of statewide events to help seniors and low-income Floridians learn about and apply for the program. The PSC is visiting several Goodwill communities around the state to help eligible consumers apply for the program.

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