Archive: Nov 2018

Support Dollar Energy Fund during #GiveBigPittsburgh

Posted on: November 27, 2018

Dollar Energy Fund will be participating in #GiveBigPittsburgh, which will be held on Giving Tuesday, November 27, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. #GiveBigPittsburgh is an online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine created to support the nonprofits doing great work in our community. Please visit our profile page to make your contribution.

Every donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our partnering utility companies.
By giving to Dollar Energy Fund during #GiveBigPittsburgh, you are maximizing your donation dollars and helping more local families.

100% of all donations and matching funds will be used to support your neighbors in need. Through our unique arrangement with our utility partners, we are able to direct all charitable contributions towards providing assistance grants through our Hardship Program. No organizational operating expenses are paid through donated funds, EVER.

All donations will be used to help families in your community
. We believe in neighbors helping neighbors. Your donation will be designated for distribution in your area, allowing you to be a neighborhood hero for those struggling to afford basic utility services.

Pittsburgh Magazine is offering extra prizes for participating organizations throughout the day. Dollar Energy Fund is hoping to secure some of these funds, but we need your help! Be sure to follow along on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on our goals! Any donation made, no matter how large or small, can result in additional funding for Dollar Energy Fund and the limited-income families in need this winter.

We hope we can count on your support to make #GiveBigPittsburgh 2018 a success for Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors!

Duquesne Light Company to #PowerItForward with ’12 Days of Giving’ Fundraiser

Posted on: November 15, 2018


In celebration of its 35-year partnership with the Dollar Energy Fund, Duquesne Light Company (DLC) is bringing its Larger Than Light mission to life this giving season by encouraging customers to donate to neighbors in need, through the Dollar Energy Fund organization. To encourage donations from Friday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 27 (#GivingTuesday), DLC will be leveraging its social media platforms to highlight testimonials of DLC customers and local Pittsburghers who have received help from the organization, along with statistics that display the impact it has had on our region since its inception.

Every donation made over the ‘12 days of giving’ period will be matched by DLC. The #PowerItForward program, which DLC has conducted for the past two years, is designed to inspire holiday kindness and reciprocal goodwill among those in the community.

“For 35 years, the Dollar Energy Fund has been a pillar of support for local neighbors in need of utility assistance,” said Rich Riazzi, President and CEO of DLC. “As a founding partner of this organization, we are proud to launch DLC’s 2018 #PowerItForward program to help support their mission and encourage our fellow community members to do the same.”

Those interested in donating through the #PowerItForward program can visit: and select Duquesne Light Power It Forward in the “Put My Donations Towards” drop-down box or text POWER to 50555 to donate $5. Message and data rates may apply. Full terms can be found here:

“Dollar Energy Fund would not be celebrating this milestone if it weren’t for the outpouring of support from utility companies, like DLC, who partnered with us from the very start,” said Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer Chad Quinn. “Duquesne Light’s dedication to the Pittsburgh region is evident through initiatives, like Power It Forward, which aim to spread awareness of our organization and ultimately improve the quality of life for those in our community.”

The Dollar Energy Fund was formed to improve the quality of life for limited-income individuals by providing monetary assisting for utility bills. Since its founding in 1983, the organization has assisted 539,000 households by distributing more than $148 million in utility assistance and has grown to serve communities far beyond Pittsburgh.

To kick-off the fundraiser, and the holiday season, DLC is powering up its 80-foot Tree of Lights at Point State Park.

Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 pm
Ceremonial Lighting of Tree at Point State Park

At 5:30 p.m. DLC is hosting its annual ceremonial lighting of the Duquesne Light Tree of Lights with a local family from the North Side, selected by the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, to commemorate the total donation made to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania (USWPA) by DLC and its approximately 1,500 employees.

To help DLC #PowerItForward this holiday season, visit and keep up with Duquesne Light’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

About United Way of Southwestern PA
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong counties, leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their lives. United Way creates long-lasting change for the betterment of our community.

About Dollar Energy Fund
Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services that lead to self-sufficiency. For more than 35 years, we’ve served the limited-income community by providing $148 million in utility assistance grants to more than 539,000 limited-income families and individuals.

Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon Raises $93,872

Posted on: November 14, 2018


Through the combined effort of 3WS Pittsburgh and our supporters, the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon raised $93,872 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. The amount raised will provide utility assistance to more than 260 Pittsburgh households who are struggling to stay warm during this cold winter.

Our second Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon took place on November 13 and 14, 2018. 94.5 3WS and Dollar Energy Fund teamed up to bring the community a fun way to help families in our region stay warm. Over the course of the two-day event, 3WS listeners took over the station with their song requests. In exchange for a donation, listeners could request any song and many were invited to talk live with the on-air talent Jonny Hartwell, Bonny Diver, Sheri Van Dyke, and Mike Frazer. A variety of donation incentives were also available during the event, such as autographed sports items, gift certificates and event tickets.

The success of our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, including 84 Lumber, South Hills Auto, Citizen’s Bank, Metropolitan Window Company, CW Electrical Services, Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, Oakmont Bakery, Armina Stone, and Primanti Brothers. All donations were generously matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners: Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company. In addition, many of our Neighborhood Hero donation incentives were provided by Total Sports Enterprises. All of these businesses share Dollar Energy Fund’s mission for assisting the limited-income community and we thank them so much for their unwavering support.

Dollar Energy Fund also wants to extend a big THANK YOU to the staff at 3WS and iHeart Pittsburgh. Their hard work brought this event to life as they rallied their listeners to help.

If you’re interested in joining our efforts to keep Pittsburgh families warm, consider participating in our upcoming Cool Down for Warmth event on January 24 & 25, 2019.

Incentives Revealed for Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon

Posted on: November 13, 2018

Our second Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon will take place on November 13 and 14, 2018. We’re gathering incentives to encourage people to request a song and donate to local, limited-income families who need help restoring or maintaining safe utility service this winter. We’ll reveal many more surprise incentives during the event. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook before the Request-A-Thon begins so that you can stay up to date with rapid-fire incentives, guests and promotions throughout the two days.

Ways to Donate

  • Call 1-800-823-WARM at any time during the hours of the event (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 13 & 14) and a volunteer will assist you with your donation and submitting a song request.
  • Text WARM to 50555 to donate $10 through your wireless bill and submit your request through text message. Message & Data Rates May Apply.
  • Visit to submit a donation and request via our secure, online donation portal.

Become a Neighborhood Hero!

A donation of $180, made in installments of $15/month or with a one-time donation, will make you a Neighborhood Hero! A $180 donation becomes $360 in assistance once matched by our utility partners. This amount is equal to Dollar Energy Fund’s average winter heating season grant amount and is enough to keep the utility service on for a household in need during the winter. Your support at this level makes you eligible for donation incentives and your song request will jump to the top of our list.

Become a neighborhood hero and you’ll have the chance to win the following incentives:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Package including tickets, Malkin autographed jersey, dinner for two at Mallorca and more! (Provided by Total Sports Enterprises)
  • Stocking Stuffer Package including an overnight stay at Seven Springs Resort, tickets to Michael Buble concert, Kennywood and Sandcastle passes, tickets to Blake Shelton concert and more!
  • Join Jonny Hartwell, Sheri Van Dyke and Mike Frazer from 3WS for a group dinner at Mallorca.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Package including tickets, James Conner autographed jersey, Ryan Shazier autographed mini helmet and more! (Provided by Total Sports Enterprises)

The concept is simple: make a donation of $10 or more during the event, make a request and listen to 94.5 3WS. Every effort will be made to play your song, but higher donation amounts will increase your chance of hearing your song in its entirety and enter you to win the incentives above. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners, which makes your gift go twice as far in helping those in our region who are in need of utility assistance this winter. Listen to 94.5 3WS during the event for details.

Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Recap

Posted on: November 6, 2018

On Thursday, November 1st, Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople hosted the 10th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kick-Off Reception. Guests mingled in the showroom, enjoyed delicious food and refreshments provided by Springfield Grille, and showed their support for the limited-income families in Butler who struggle to afford basic heating service.

In order to provide utility assistance grants to households in need, Dollar Energy Fund depends on the generosity of donors to support our program. We are also very fortunate that our utility partners, including Peoples Natural Gas, provide a dollar-for-dollar match for ever donation we receive. Dollar Energy Fund received a $20 donation for every ticket sold for this event. This amount will be generously matched by Peoples, doubling the impact and providing $40 in utility assistance per guest. That $40 is about the amount needed to help a household maintain heat in their home for one week!

More than 60 items were displayed in the ticket and silent auctions, many of which were donated from local companies and supporters including Barb Kushner, Betty’s Dairy Queen, BiLo Grocery Store, Burgers in Harmony, Butler Eagle, Carol’s Pastry Shop, Chad Slencak, Clifford’s Restaurant, Diane and Dave Anthony of Honey Do This N That, DiBella’s Subs in Cranberry, Dollar Bank, Hartmann’s Watering Hole, Herb Brittner, Holistic Houndry, Jerry’s Car Wash, Jordan Grady of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Olde Stonewall Golf Club, Pennie’s Bakery, Peoples Natural Gas, Prima Capelli Salon, Seven Oaks Country Club, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Springfield Grille, Spring Street Café, Subway of Butler, The Color Center, The Enchanted Olive and The Strand Theater. Many of these companies have donated year after year, and we appreciate their continued support.

The event’s silent auction and ticket raffle alone raised more than $7,500, including a generous match by Peoples. Hearth & Home also donated proceeds from their EggFest to Dollar Energy Fund earlier this year – which raised $1,340, also including a match from Peoples.

The kick-off reception is part of a much larger fundraising campaign, and we are off to a great start. This is the tenth year of the Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign, and so far the fundraising total is over $160,000, and counting. Beginning at this event through the end of the year, Hearth and Home Furnishings will donate a portion of their gas fireplace sales to Dollar Energy Fund. Peoples will continue to match all donations and proceeds throughout this campaign.

Dollar Energy Fund would like to send a special thank you to Nancy Reader, Megan Murphy, and everyone at Hearth and Home Furnishings who brought this event to life. Our gracious hosts are also celebrating their 35th year of business in the Zelienople community and we congratulate them on all of their success! They share our passion for helping families in need and this campaign is a testament to their character and their commitment to helping the community. Thank you to DJ Tom Menchak, who volunteered his time and equipment to provide entertainment during the evening. Also, thanks to Comcast Spotlight for their part in promoting the event and donating a Microsoft Surface for the silent auction.

Most importantly, thank you to everyone who attended the event! We look forward to making a difference to even more families in the local community.

Check out other events benefiting Dollar Energy Fund by visiting our website or sign up for our monthly email newsletter.




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Average Monthly Income of a Grant Recipient = $952.59