Members Helping Members

Help Your Neighbors Keep Their Lights On

You can help your Southern Maryland neighbors who are struggling to pay their electric bills when you contribute to Members Helping Members. Simply sign up to add $1, $5, or $10 to your electric bill each month.

Donations will go to Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, which will give the money to customer-members who seek aid and meet the qualifications.

Members Helping Members Form

Mailing Address(Required)
Monthly Donation Amount(Required)

Other Ways to Join Members Helping Members

If you would like to make a larger donation, you may send a check to:

Members Helping Members
PO Box 1937
Hughesville, MD 20637

Your contribution to Members Helping Members is tax-deductible. You may discontinue your participation at any time by calling (888) 440-3311.

Need Help Paying Your Bill?

Call one of the agencies below to apply for assistance.

Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee, Inc.

(Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties)
8371 Leonardtown Road (Old Route 5), Hughesville
(800) 255-5313
(301) 274-4474

Prince George’s County Department of Social Services

805 Brightseat Road, Landover
(301) 909-6300

Patriot Connect 

SMECO’s Patriot Connect program is designed to help veterans and active military personnel who may be having a difficult time transitioning back into the community.

Choose Civility

As a customer-owned cooperative, SMECO is proud to be a community partner for Choose Civility for Southern Maryland. The Diversity Institute at the College of Southern Maryland has launched Choose Civility in our community to promote respect, consideration, empathy, and tolerance.


Listen to civility advocate Dr. P.M. Forni of Johns Hopkins University discuss rude behavior.

Help Your Family Be Civil

Try these reading suggestions from the College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County Public Library.

Read More

Dr. Forni co-founded the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins to boost the significance of civility, manners, and politeness in contemporary society. His books are available below.

Why Choose Civility?

“When we treat others with kindness and consideration, we show them that we value them as persons. This motivates them to remain in our lives, and as a result we continue to enjoy the rewards of connecting. Until three or four generations ago, a large amount of the support we needed came from our extended families. Today, as we often turn to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers for support and care, being likable can be a substantial advantage. An elementary but powerful truth to always keep in mind is that social skills strengthen social bonds. Social skills are thus an invaluable quality-of-life asset—in fact, they are nothing less than determinants of destiny.”

P.M. Forni, “The Other Side of Civility”