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CannonBall Raffle to benefit AEP Ohio customers

Posted on: January 12, 2018

CannonBall

Dollar Energy Fund wants to give fans a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite Columbus Blue Jackets players, while helping those in need stay warm this winter. That’s why both organizations are teaming up to raffle off tickets to the Columbus Blue Jacket’s annual premier event, The CannonBall.

Three lucky fans will win a pair of tickets to the exclusive event on February 7, 2018, where you will enjoy food, drinks and live music with your favorite stars. The contest will run through January 31 and winners will be selected on February 1.

To purchase raffle tickets, visit dollarenergy.org/BlueJackets or the R Bar Arena in Columbus.

All proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar and used to help families in need through the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, a partnership between AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund.

Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon Raises $77,300

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Request-A-Thon

Through the combined effort of 3WS Pittsburgh and our supporters, the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon raised more than $77,300 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. The amount raised will provide utility assistance to approximately 215 Pittsburgh families and individuals who are struggling to stay warm during this cold winter.

Our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon took place on January 3 and 4, 2018. 94.5 3WS and Dollar Energy Fund teamed up to bring the community a fun, new 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, Sheri Van Dyke, and Mike Frazer. A variety of donation incentives were also available during the event, such as restaurant gift certificates, autographed sports items, and event tickets.

The success of our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon event wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsors, including South Hills Auto, 84 Lumber, Metropolitan Window Company, CW Electric, Citizen’s Bank, Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service and Armina Stone. All donations were generously matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners, including Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light, and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company. In addition, many bars and restaurants offered donation incentives, including The Melting Pot, Caliente Pizza & Draft House, Vue 412, Big Shot Bob’s, and Crafthouse Stage & Grill. 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.

To view photos and video from the event, visit our Facebook page. 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 25 & 26, 2018.

Counting down to the Cool Down

Posted on: December 27, 2017

Cool Down

Our annual Cool Down for Warmth event is less than a month away! The two-day event will take place on January 25 and 26, in Market Square. Join us in our effort to help local families who are struggling to afford basic utility services this winter.

Each winter, more than 22,000 Pennsylvania households enter the winter season without heat-related utility service or using unsafe heating sources. Luckily, you can help by supporting this event! A house will be constructed using ice blocks in Market Square and willing participants will sit inside to raise funds. The goal of the event is to build awareness for the many families who will go without heat during the harsh winter months, while attempting to raise money for utility assistance grants. All donations collected will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies and 100% of the funds raised will go directly to help these individuals in need.

There are many ways to get involved:

Sit in the ice house: Willing participants will stay in the house for a designated 30-minute time-slot as they work toward their minimum fundraising goal of $1,000 (individual) or $2,500 (team). Once they meet their goal, they will be able to vacate the house and “feel the warmth.” There’s still time to sign up!

Donate to an existing team: While we welcome you to sit in the ice house and start your own fundraising page, we are appreciative of any donation from those who are unable to participate in the event, and wish to make a contribution to an existing team or individual.

Sponsor the event: Want to see your company’s logo in a unique way? Be one of our Ice Block Sponsors and we’ll put your logo in an ice block. Your ice block will support our house, just like your contribution will support local families in need.

Tour the ice house before/after work: Come down to Market Square between 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. both days and receive a coupon for a free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!

Join us during lunch in Market Square: We are hosting a Bowls for Warmth Lunch in the Square Soup Tasting! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days, restaurants will participate in a soup challenge, serving cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd. For $10, attendees get to sample four soups from participating vendors and vote for their favorite!

Help us spread the word: Tour the ice house, take photos at the selfie wall, and post the event on your social media.

Learn more about the event at www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2018, and check back for updates!

Support Dollar Energy Fund Through AmazonSmile!

Posted on: December 11, 2017

AmazonSmile

Wrap-up your holiday shopping with AmazonSmile! You can help your neighbors in need by supporting Dollar Energy Fund during your online shopping. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know with the same products, prices and services. Shop on Amazon through our link (smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1442933) and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our organization.

As always, all funds received will be matched dollar for dollar by our partnering utility companies. This is a quick and easy way to support our Hardship Program and help the thousands of families who risk facing the winter without basic utility service.

Happy shopping!

Neighbor to Neighbor Program Accepting Applications for Winter Heating Assistance

Posted on: December 1, 2017

Neighbor to NeighborStarting December 1, the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program will be accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2017-2018 winter heating season. Through a partnership between AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), and Dollar Energy Fund, eligible AEP Ohio customers who need help during the winter months can apply for assistance to maintain or restore their electric service.

Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program – one of the largest in the country – may provide assistance once per program year to families facing an immediate utility crisis. With help from the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, families in need can receive a grant that is applied directly to their AEP Ohio account that has been terminated or to prevent the termination of their electric service. The program will accept applications from households seeking heating assistance on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30, 2018, while funds are available.

AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009 and have helped more than 50,000 Ohio families with more than $12.4 million in utility assistance grants.

“We all know 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 and Communications 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 continues.”

To apply, customers may contact one of the Neighbor to Neighbor Program network of more than 120 Ohio community-based organizations. To qualify, an applicant’s total gross household income must be at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

For example, a family of four earning up to $49,200 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made a sincere effort of payment on their electric bill in the last 90 days and have a minimum balance of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at AEPOhio.com/helpaneighbor.

“Neighbor to Neighbor has become a program that typically serves the families who find themselves in a temporary financial situation due to an unexpected expense or loss of income,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer of Dollar Energy Fund. “The Neighbor to Neighbor Program is available to lend a helping hand to Ohioans who may be struggling to keep food on the table or cover all other household costs.”

The Neighbor to Neighbor Program in Ohio 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 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.

For more information about Dollar Energy Fund and how to apply for the Hardship Program or donate to the organization, visit www.dollarenergyfund.org.


 

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 is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. AEP’s utility units operate as 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’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

About Dollar Energy Fund, Inc: 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 and Connecticut. Throughout its history, the organization has provided over $141million in utility assistance grants to over 509,000 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.dollarenergyfund.org.

#GivingTuesday

Posted on: November 28, 2017

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. There are many ways to make a donation to Dollar Energy Fund. Here are some suggestions on how you can help local families maintain or restore basic gas, water and electric service today:

Donate Online

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

Text-to-Give

Text GIVE5 to 50555 to donate $5, or text GIVE10 to 50555 to donate $10, through your mobile phone bill. This is the easiest way to give to our organization.*

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.

Mail a Donation

This may be old school, but it’s still a great way to help your neighbors in need. Send your check made out to Dollar Energy Fund to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Unless you specify otherwise, all donations received will be used to help limited-income families in the state from which the donation was sent. If a donation is sent from a state that does not currently have a Dollar Energy Fund Hardship Program, one of our programs will be selected at the discretion of the organization to receive the support.

Use AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers shop for the same Amazon.com products with the added benefit of the AmazonSmile Foundation donating 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Please make Dollar Energy Fund your charity of choice. Once selected, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price for eligible products to Dollar Energy Fund.

Join or Sponsor an Event

We are currently raising funds for our upcoming event, Cool Down For Warmth, which will be held in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh on January 25 & 26, 2018. If you would like to participate in the event as a fundraiser or sponsor an ice block, visit www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2018.

 

A donation to Dollar Energy Fund is a great way to maximize your charitable dollars because every donation, no matter how it is received, is always eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies. And, thanks to the generosity of those utility partners, 100 percent of all donations and matching funds are used to provide utility assistance grants to families in need. Help spread cheer and keep your neighbors warm this holiday season by donating to Dollar Energy Fund on #GivingTuesday.

 

*Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T.

Help Duquesne Light #PowerItForward!

Posted on: November 14, 2017

PowerItForward

Duquesne Light Company (DLC) is bringing its Larger than Light mentality to life again this holiday season through a series of goodwill-inspired initiatives, including challenging Pittsburghers to help raise $15,000 for Dollar Energy Fund in a single day. Every dollar donated by a customer either through a social media engagement or text donation will be matched by DLC as part of its Power It Forward program designed to inspire holiday kindness and reciprocal goodwill among those in the community.

Raising $15,000 can support nearly 50 local families in need of utility assistance this winter. The 24-hour fundraiser begins at 12:00 am Friday, November 17 and concludes at 11:59 pm the same day.

For every social media engagement on DLC’s Facebook page or Twitter channel during the 24-hour period, DLC will donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund in an effort to raise up to $15K in donations, which will help nearly 50 families pay their utility bills this winter.

Any of the following actions will result in a donation over the 24-hour time period:

  • “Like” Duquesne Light Company on Facebook, and engage with campaign posts
  • Follow @DuquesneLight on Twitter, and engage with campaign Tweets
  • Use DLC’s custom Snapchat filter, geo-targeted at key locations during Comcast Light Up Night, including Point State Park, Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Market Square, PPG Plaza and Gateway Center, City-County Building, Andy Warhol Bridge and U.S. Steel Tower
  • Utilize the campaign hashtag, #PowerItForward, on Facebook or Twitter

Along with engaging on social media, Pittsburghers can #PowerItForward by texting* POWER to 50555 to donate $5 directly to Dollar Energy Fund.

* $5.00 donation to Dollar Energy Fund, Inc. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy

Dollar Energy Fund presents Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Posted on: November 13, 2017

Every year, Shadrack’s spreads Christmas cheer in Butler County by hosting a spectacular drive-thru Christmas light show at Big Butler Fairgrounds. This winter, Dollar Energy Fund is proud to be the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland.

The attraction will be open every evening from November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018. It features a light show synced to holiday music, Santa’s Village, souvenirs, rides and refreshments! Tickets are $25 per car and available for purchase on-site. Shadrack’s accepts cash and credit cards.

Show the coupon below to receive $2.00 off admission!

For each coupon redeemed, $1.00 will go to Dollar Energy Fund. Bring your family, join the fun and support our mission of helping limited-income families stay warm this winter. For more information on Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, visit shadrackchristmas.com/pittsburgh-pa.

Shadrack's

Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Recap

Posted on: November 13, 2017

Warm Your Hearth

On Wednesday, November 8th, Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople hosted the 9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kick-Off Reception. Guests mingled in the showroom, enjoyed delicious food and refreshments provided by the Springfield Grille, and showed their support for the limited-income families in Butler who struggle to afford basic utility service.

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 50 items were displayed in the ticket and silent auctions, many of which were donated from local restaurants and organizations including Dollar Bank, First Watch Restaurant, Barb Kushner, Goodwill, Heinz History Center, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Subway of Butler, The Holistic Houndry, The Enchanted Olive, Wunderbar in Harmony, The Strand Theater, Baldinger’s Candy Store, Rebecca Ruth of Premier Designs Jewelry, Burger Hut, Goodfello’s Restaurant, Bi-Lo, Message Envy, Peoples Natural Gas, Print King, Skander Tire, Beaver County Times, Mathew Jewelers, BAC Sales, Butler Symphony, Greek Catholic Union and Prima Capelli Salon. 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 approximately $5,800, including a generous match by Peoples. Hearth & Home also donated proceeds from their EggFest to Dollar Energy Fund earlier this year – which raised more than $2,150, 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 ninth year of the Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign, and so far the fundraising total is over $138,270, 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, Laura McDaid, and everyone at Hearth and Home Furnishings who brought this event to life. They share our passion for helping families in need and this campaign is a testament to their character and their commitment to helping their 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 auction items.

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.

To view photos from the reception, click here. Find out about more winter events benefiting Dollar Energy Fund by visiting our events page or sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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