United Way

PG&E Reach Program

Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH)

For over 30 years, the REACH program has helped low-income families keep their utilities services turned on in times of hardship.

The REACH program helps you pay for energy during a crisis. REACH provides an energy credit for up to $500 based on the past due bill (energy credit support is subject to funding availability). Over 170 Nonprofit organizations run the REACH program Northern and Central California.

PLEASE NOTE: REACH is available only once within a 12-month period and customers must qualify for the program.


Enrolling in REACH

Complete the following steps to enroll in REACH:

  • Determine whether you qualify, if you answer yes to the questions below you may qualify for the REACH program.
    1. Are you a PG&E customer?
    2. Is the PG&E bill in your name or in the name of an adult living in the residence?
    3. Have you received a 15-Day or 48-Hour Notice declaring you are at risk of having services terminated?
    4. Is your past due balance between $100-$500 or are you 62+ and have a past due balance of $50-$500?
  • To apply, download & fill out the application, and please email it to REACH@uwkern.org

If you need assistance with filling out the application or need a physical copy of the application, stop by our office!

* Submitting an application does not guarantee approval for assistance through the PG&E REACH Program and applicants are still responsible for continuing scheduled payments to their utility company as agreed within their contracts during the application process.

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United Way of Kern County Office

1707 Eye Street, 3rd Floor
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Hours of Operations

Monday - Thursday                   Friday
8:30am - 5pm                            8:30am - 3pm

Our Focus

Early Childhood Literacy

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