The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is recognizing Sarasota’s Friendship Center as October’s Helping Hand for helping raise public awareness about the Lifeline Assistance telephone and broadband discount program, energy and water conservation, and scams affecting seniors.

“We appreciate the Sarasota County Friendship Center’s willingness to share the PSC’s beneficial information with their clients,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown. “It’s helpful, through our ongoing outreach partnership, for us to visit and distribute our Lifeline, scam protection, and conservation materials to those individuals who will find the information most useful.”

Each month, the PSC highlights a partner agency or organization whose clients are eligible for the federal Lifeline Program and/or need help reducing energy and water bills. Through these PSC Helping Hand partnerships, the Commission shares vital information to help consumers better manage their resources to meet their monthly bills and avoid falling for utility-related scams.

“We are honored to be named a PSC Helping Hand partner,” said Paige Giasson, Center Manager. “Every day at our Friendship Center, our clients are learning new ways to improve their lives and those of others.  We appreciate the PSC’s educational forum to assist us, and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Look for all the PSC Helping Hand outreach partner recognitions on the PSC’s homepage,, under Hot Topics.

About the Sarasota County Friendship Center, Inc.

Friendship Centers is a nonprofit organization serving older adults in five Southwest Florida counties.  Sarasota County’s Friendship Center, Inc. is a bustling campus hub of senior center activities and learning opportunities, and also features the Friendship Café. For an activities schedule or for more information, call 941-955-2122 or visit


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