Archive: Nov 2019
Posted on: November 11, 2019
Through the combined effort of 3WS Pittsburgh and our supporters, the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon raised $109,869 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. The amount raised will provide utility assistance to more than 915 Pittsburgh neighbors during this cold winter.
Our third Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon took place on November 6 and 7, 2019. 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 Secure Money Advisors, Metropolitan Window Company, CW Electrical Services, 84 Lumber, Conti Law, Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, Oakmont Bakery, Caliente Pizza & Draft House, and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. 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, our Neighborhood Hero donation incentives were provided by Total Sports Enterprises, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dormont Appliance, Wendell August Forge, Jones Turkey Farm, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. 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 over the years.
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 and we are so grateful for their generosity.
Click here to view more photos from the event.
If you’re interested in joining our efforts to keep Pittsburgh families warm, consider participating in our next fundraising event, Cool Down for Warmth on January 23 & 24, 2020.
Posted on: November 5, 2019
Our third Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon will take place on November 6 and 7, 2019. 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. 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 6 & 7) and a volunteer will assist you with your donation and submitting a song request.
Visit www.dollarenergy.org/requestathon 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 one of the following packages:
- Pittsburgh Penguins Package including a Mario Lemieux autographed puck, Sidney Crosby autographed framed print, a $100 gift card to the Pittsburgh Penguins store, and tickets to an upcoming Penguins game. (Courtesy of Total Sports Enterprises)
- Pittsburgh Steelers Package including a Troy Polamalu autographed custom jersey, Juju Smith-Schuster autographed replica helmet, a $100 gift card to the Pittsburgh Steelers store, and tickets to an upcoming Steelers game. (Courtesy of Total Sports Enterprises)
- Cooking for the Holidays Package including a GE® 30″ Free-Standing Electric Convection Range and a $200 Giant Eagle gift card. (Courtesy of Dormont Appliance)
- Seven Springs Package including an overnight stay at Seven Springs and lift tickets for two people.
All Neighborhood Heroes will receive a custom 3WS Christmas Ornament from Wendell August Forge, a delicious farm-raised turkey from Jones Turkey Farm, and a car pass to visit Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland (while supplies last).
The concept is simple: make a donation during the event, make a song 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.
Posted on: November 4, 2019
The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is now accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2019-2020 winter heating season. Through a partnership between AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, and Dollar Energy Fund, eligible AEP Ohio customers who need help during the winter months may apply for assistance to maintain or restore their electric service.
Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program – one of the largest in the country – helps eligible families facing an immediate utility crisis. The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program supports families in need with a grant applied directly to their AEP Ohio account to prevent disconnection of, or to restore their electric service. Heating assistance is available once per program year on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible account holders may apply through April 30, 2020, while funds are available.
This year marks 10 years since AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009. The AEP Ohio program has provided more than $13.9 million in assistance to more than 58,500 customers during this time.
“Ohio winters can be brutally cold, very unpredictable, and extremely challenging for many people, especially the elderly and those with health problems,” said Katie Grayem, director of Customer Experience for AEP Ohio. “For many Ohio families, heating their homes during this time can also pose a difficult financial burden. Being a good community partner and neighbor is who we are and what we do, and we are committed to giving our neighbors, who may struggle to make ends meet, a helping hand to ensure their electric service stays connected.”
To apply, customers may contact one of the AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program’s network of more than 120 Ohio community-based organizations. To qualify, an applicant’s total gross household income must be at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
For example, a family of four earning up to $64,375 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant and owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/ohio/neighbor-neighbor-program.
“For 10 years, Dollar Energy Fund has been proud to support AEP Ohio’s efforts to serve families who find themselves in a temporary financial situation and need help making ends meet,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer of Dollar Energy Fund. “The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program has become a very useful resource for thousands of households across Ohio, enabling them to maintain utility service when blindsided by an unexpected expense.”
The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is funded by public contributions that are matched dollar-for-dollar by AEP Ohio. Utility customers may make a contribution through their monthly AEP Ohio bill. Donations also can be made online at AEPOhio.com/helpaneighbor or by sending a check directly to The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program, Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Every donation to the Neighbor to Neighbor Program is used to assist eligible families residing in Ohio. Every dollar donated to the Neighbor to Neighbor Program will be matched by AEP Ohio. These matching funds and 100% of your donation will assist limited-income families residing in Ohio to afford utility service. With AEP Ohio’s generous match, your tax-deductible donation will have twice the impact!
For more information about Dollar Energy Fund and how to apply for the Hardship Program or donate to the organization, visit www.dollarenergy.org.
About AEP Ohio
AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com. American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including about 5,200 megawatts of renewable generation. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.
About Dollar Energy Fund
Dollar Energy Fund was founded in 1983 and has grown to become one of the largest hardship funds in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization operating in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Arkansas , West Virginia, Kentucky, California, Connecticut and Indiana. Throughout its history, the organization has provided over $155 million in utility assistance grants to over 562,000 limited-income families and individuals.
All donations to the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, administered by Dollar Energy Fund, will assist limited-income families residing in Ohio. Additional information can be found on Dollar Energy Fund’s website, www.dollarenergy.org.
Posted on: November 1, 2019
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program available to help eligible customers in Pennsylvania with their heating bills. The program will be open from November 1, 2019 to April 10, 2020. LIHEAP can offer much needed relief for thousands of people across the state who rely on the service.
On November 1, 2019, the Office of Community Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released approximately $3.32 billion in LIHEAP funds for FY20. The total amount allocated to Pennsylvania is more than $180 million.
Customers can apply for components of LIHEAP online through the DHS COMPASS website, at county assistance offices, via mail with a paper application, and through their utility company. In the winter, funds can be used to pay for any home heating source including natural gas, electric, home heating oil, propane, kerosene, wood and coal. In rare instances, funds can also be used to pay water bills where customers have specific types of boilers, certain types of steam heat, or other uncommon water heating systems.
As part of our guidelines, Dollar Energy Fund requires customers seeking grants to apply for LIHEAP funds first if they are eligible, while the program is open. LIHEAP program funding and eligibility varies by state.
For more information, check out this informational brochure or visit the PA DHS website.
Not located in PA? To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits in your state, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office. Click here for contact information.