The Sharing Fund

The SHARING fund, also known as the Chesapeake Emergency Energy Recipient Program (CHEERP), was incorporated in 1983. Over the last five years, Chesapeake Utilities, Sharp Energy, its employees and customers have contributed more than $350,000 to support the SHARING program.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation created the SHARING fund with donations provided by customers, employees, the community and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to ensure that the elderly, ill and those facing financial hardship are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak.

What Type Of Help Is Available?

Grants of up to $400 are now available to those in need to assist with their energy bills. New for 2012, a grant of up to $1,000 is available for assistance with purchasing emergency generators for those with medical needs.  Grants are also available for appliance repair or replacement. Please visit for more information.

Who is Eligible for Assistance?

Sharing grants are available for all eligible customers of Chesapeake Utilities or Sharp Energy living on Delmarva. Applications for the grants are available through Catholic Charities in Delaware (302.674.1782) and Shore-Up! in Maryland (410.749.1142).

What Can You Do To Help?

You can help your neighbors in need by making a donation to the SHARING program. Your tax-deductible contribution to the SHARING program will help keep needy families warm this winter. To make a donation, please download and complete the Sharing Donation form, enclose your one-time donation (no cash please), and mail to:

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
PO Box 1678
Salisbury, MD 21802-1678

On behalf of the volunteers who administer the SHARING program as well as those who receive funding, we thank you for your thoughtfulness.

For More Information

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