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The original item was published from 4/7/2014 2:51:00 PM to 4/7/2014 2:59:25 PM.

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Posted on: April 7, 2014

[ACTIVE] Utility Bills Provide Donation Opportunities To City's Volunteer Groups, Programs

Geneva residents wanting to make a donation to one of the City’s volunteer committees and non-profit programs can do so through the convenience of their monthly utility bill.

Starting in April, customers should notice the new donation checkbox on their bill along with a short explanation on that month’s designated volunteer opportunity. Individuals will check the box, and additional money paid over the stated bill amount will be considered a contribution to the particular group listed on that utility bill.

Donations made in April will go toward the City’s Beautification Committee. Groups and programs that will be eligible for donations this year will be the:

• Beautification Committee (April) – Adopts and maintains planting beds, containers and flower boxes located in downtown Geneva.
• Historic Preservation Commission (May) – Preserves Geneva’s rich history by maintaining the integrity and visual appeal of historic homes and buildings.
• Cultural Arts Commission (June) – Creates diverse art experiences and events that engage the Geneva community.
• International Cultural Exchange Committee (July) – Fosters education, understanding and cooperation between Geneva and international partner cities.
• Natural Resources Committee (August) – Promotes environmental awareness and conservation principles in Geneva.
• Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (September) – Prioritizes strategic community goals and assists in their implementation.
• Mental Health Board (October) – Addresses issues surrounding mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.
• Student Government Program (November) – Provides behind-the-scenes experience on local government operations for Geneva High School students.
• City’s Giving Program (December) – Improves public areas with functional amenities (benches, trees, bike racks); supports various volunteer groups.

The utility bill donation was created to assist these volunteer groups in collecting donations for their respective programs rather than relying on fundraisers. Utility bill customers who pay in person, by drop box or by mail will be allowed to make donations. The City hopes to make the option available to those who pay their bill electronically through our website in the future.

To learn more about these volunteer groups, click the link below. More information about the Beautification Committee, International Cultural Exchange Committee and the Giving Program will be added soon.

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