Plus-1 Program

The Plus-1 Program

Plus-1 was created in 1982 and is a partnership between MIFA and MLGW that provides utility assistance for individuals and families in financial crisis.




How Does Plus-1 work?

MLGW collects Plus-1 funds, and MIFA screens clients for eligibility and priority and authorizes payments from the Plus-1 fund to their accounts. The average eligible household receives $296 in assistance, plus negotiation with MLGW to establish a payment plan for the balance.

MLGW customers fund the program through one-time donations or by adding a dollar or more to their utility bills each month. If every MLGW customer gave just $1 per month, we could serve more than 20,000 families per year.

The program’s success rate is remarkable: last year, 91% of the 1,275 families helped by Plus-1 were still connected to their utilities after 90 days, and 81% were connected after 180 days.

Easy Ways to Give to Plus-1

  1. Add $1 or more to your monthly MLGW bill by signing up here.
  2. Make a one-time gift to Plus-1 here.
  3. Lead a sign-up campaign at your company, congregation, or group. Contact us for more information.

Lip Sync Plus

A fundraising event like no other in Memphis!

Lip Sync Plus is a lip-syncing extravaganza hosted by MLGW, MIFA, and the downtown Hard Rock Café benefitting the Plus-1 utility assistance program for families in crisis.

The search

We’ll begin with an online contestant search for the most talented amateur lip-syncers in Memphis.

Your vote

The community will vote for their favorite amateurs lip-syncers. Online winners will then perform live against local celebrity lip-syncers for the title of Grand Champion.


The event

Join us on Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m., for an evening to remember!  You’ll see the most creative amateur and celebrity performers in Memphis, enjoy excellent food and drink, and party to keep families connected to their utilities.




Interested in partnering with us? Last year, Lip Sync Plus had a reach of over 3 million marketing impressions, and raised nearly $18,000 to keep families connected to their utilities.  Partnerships begin at $500, and can be found here.


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