Archive: Nov 2020

Giving Tuesday – December 1st

Posted on: November 30, 2020


Now that you’ve survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to kick off the charitable season by making a donation on Giving Tuesday. A donation to Dollar Energy Fund is a great way to maximize your charitable dollars. There are many ways to support Dollar Energy Fund on Giving Tuesday. Here are some suggestions on how you can help local families maintain or restore basic utility service this holiday season:

Dollar Energy Fund will be participating in #GiveBigPittsburgh on Giving Tuesday. #GiveBigPittsburgh is a 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine, and offers nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions. Please visit our Give Big Pittsburgh profile page to make your contribution. Every donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our partnering Pennsylvania utility companies and 100% of all funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants to local neighbors in need.


In partnership with Metropolitan Utilities District and Omaha Public Power District, Dollar Energy Fund is participating in Share Omaha for Giving Tuesday. Visit our Share Omaha profile page and make a contribution to help Nebraska neighbors in need. 100% of funds raised will be used to provide utility assistance to MUD and OPPD customers in need.


Make a General Donation Online

Make your contribution to Dollar Energy Fund through our secure, web-based donation portal via credit card.


Check the Box

Check the Box on your monthly utility bill. Simply check the box on your utility bill to add a donation of $1 or more to your monthly bill. The donation is automatically added and allows you to continue to make a difference throughout the year as you make your payments. As more and more people are opting out of paper bills, we’ve made it easy for you to sign up online via our virtual Check the Box website.


Join an Event

We are currently raising funds for our upcoming event, Cool Down For Warmth, which will be held virtually on KDKA-TV on January 28 & 29, 2021. If you would like to participate in the event as a fundraiser, visit

Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon Raises $135,664

Posted on: November 20, 2020

Through the combined effort of 3WS Pittsburgh and our supporters, the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon raised $135,664 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. The amount raised will provide utility assistance to more than 377 Pittsburgh families (1,131 neighbors) during this cold winter.

Our fourth Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon took place on November 18 and 19, 2020. 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 with the on-air talent Jonny Hartwell, Bonny Diver, Tall Cathy, and Mike Frazer. A variety of donation incentives were also available during the event, such as free turkeys, gift certificates, and a new furnace!

The success of our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, including Citizens Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, Ganley Toyota, 84 Lumber, First National Bank, Metropolitan Window Company, CW Electrical Services, Chaffin Luhana, Chip’s Dental, Flynn’s Tire & Auto ServiceThe Meadows Racetrack and Casino, and Southern Tier Brewing Co. 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 Air Pro Heating & Cooling, Wendell August Forge, Jones Turkey Farm, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Refreshments were generously provided to staff and phone bank volunteers by Salem’s Market & Grill and Slice on Broadway. 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 for rallying their listeners to support our cause. They worked to keep everyone socially distanced and safe for this virtual fundraiser and we are so grateful for their accommodations.

If you missed our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon, you can always help a neighbor in need by visiting our website. All donations are matched dollar-for-dollar and 100% of funds go directly to assist families in need.

Incentives Revealed for 2020 Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon

Posted on: November 19, 2020

According to a recent studyover two-thirds of consumers across the U.S. are concerned about their ability to pay their bills. Thousands of families across our Pittsburgh region are experiencing a financial crisis. As temperatures continue to drop, our neighbors need assistance staying warm and safe in their homes.

iHeartMedia is teaming up with Dollar Energy Fund to help our local neighbors restore or maintain their utility service this winter. Our fourth Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon will take place on November 18 & 19, 2020.

The concept is simple: make a donation of $10 or more during the event, request a song, 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 incentives.

All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners, and 100% of all funds will go directly to provide utility assistance grants to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Ways to Donate

  • Call 1-800-823-WARM at any time during the hours of the event (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 18 & 19) and a volunteer will assist you with your donation and submitting a song request.
  • Visit to submit a donation and song request via our secure, online donation portal.

Become a Neighborhood Hero

A donation of $180, or $15/month for a year, 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 specific donation incentives! All Neighborhood Heroes will receive:

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. Listen to 94.5 3WS during the event for details.




November 2020

4,720 Senior Citizen Households Assisted During Our 2019-2020 Program Year