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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.

Pennsylvania LIHEAP Opens Nov. 1st

Posted on: October 27, 2017

LIHEAP

Home heating costs are a big part of every household’s budget and unfortunately, they are expected to rise even more this year. A recently released report by the National Energy Assistance Directors Association shows that consumers will likely pay record prices to heat their homes this season. The average U.S. household will pay $992 in heating costs this winter, up 10.5% (or $94) from last year. For heating oil customers, the increase will be particularly dramatic with an expected 28% jump from a year ago and double the cost seen four winters ago, bringing the total bill to $1,834. Natural gas customers are expected to see a 5% increase and electric customers are likely to see a 7% increase in their winter heating bill. Combined with increasing food and gas prices, staying warm all through this winter could be very difficult for many.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program available to help eligible customers in Pennsylvania with their heating bills. Earlier this summer, Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) proposed cutting the time and amount of money it would make available due to potential cuts in the LIHEAP federal block-grant program. The agency now says it expects to receive enough federal funding to offer assistance from Nov. 1, 2017 to April 6, 2018, six weeks longer than initially thought. LIHEAP can offer much needed relief for thousands of people across the state who rely on the service.

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, please download 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.

Upcoming Winter Events

Posted on: October 23, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund is preparing for a busy giving season! While our goal is to raise funds to help thousands of families who are struggling to afford their utility bills, we like to offer fun and exciting events so our donors can share in the joy of helping others.

A recently released report by the National Energy Assistance Directors Association shows that consumers will likely pay record prices to heat their homes this winter. While some of us prepare to face the imminent winter weather with tire changes and flu shots, many of our neighbors are worried about keeping their homes warm and safe for their families. Please consider participating in one of our upcoming events and together we can make a difference in the lives of many this winter.

 

Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kick-Off Reception

November 8, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Hearth & Home Furnishings in Zelienople

Hearth & Home Furnishings and Peoples are teaming up for the 9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign to help local, limited-income households maintain or restore basic gas utility service. The kick-off reception will feature raffles, music, food, beverages, a silent auction and more! Following the reception, Hearth & Home Furnishings will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program. Peoples will match the donation and all funds will be used to help limited-income families in Southwestern Pennsylvania stay warm this winter. For event & ticket information, visit:

www.dollarenergy.org/warmyourhearth2017/

 

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at Big Butler Fairgrounds

Every year, Shadrack’s spreads Christmas cheer in Butler County by hosting a spectacular drive-through light attraction at Big Butler Fairgrounds. This winter, Dollar Energy Fund is proud to be the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Bring your family, join the fun and support our mission of helping limited-income families this winter. For event & ticket information, visit:

shadrackchristmas.com/pittsburgh-pa

Click here for a $2 Off Admission coupon!

 

Help Duquesne Light #PowerItForward!

November 17, 2017 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Duquesne Light Company is bringing its Larger than Light mentality to life for a second year in a row this holiday season by asking Pittsburghers to #PowerItForward. During the 24-hour fundraiser, Duquesne Light will donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund for every social media engagement captured. Additionally, you can donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund by texting POWER to 50555.

www.dollarenergy.org/help-duquesne-light-poweritforward

 

Vineyard Vines In-Store Event

November 30, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Vineyard Vines inside Ross Park Mall

Vineyard Vines is holding a “10/10 Event” to benefit Dollar Energy Fund. All shoppers will receive 10% off their purchase and Dollar Energy Fund will receive 10% of all sales.

 

Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon

Tune in on January 3 & 4, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. on 94.5 3WS 

Dollar Energy Fund is partnering with iHeartMedia for a Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon, a two-day radio event to raise funds for families struggling to stay warm this winter. In exchange for a donation, listeners can make song requests on 94.5 3WS throughout the two days. Donation incentives will also be offered to donors, such as tickets, gift cards and more!

Stay tuned for more information.

 

Cool Down for Warmth

January 25 & 26, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh

Dollar Energy Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square at the end of January. A house of ice will be constructed in the center of Market Square and participants will stay inside the house until they meet their fundraising goal. As always, all donations will be matched. The event will also feature live music, radio broadcasts, and the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting Challenge. For more event information and to find out how you can participate, visit:

www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2018

 

Warmathon

Tune in on February 15 & 16, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and 100.7 STAR

Dollar Energy Fund and KDKA are currently planning the 2018 Warmathon, a two-day radio/telethon event on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA. The Warmathon has raised approximately $2.99 million and helped more than 8,695 families over the past 9 years. The Warmathon will ask listeners to make contributions by calling into the studio-based call center, donating online, or texting a keyword to give. The two-day event will feature many incentives, including the annual dinner with Bishop David Zubik. Donations in support of the Warmathon will make sure families and seniors in our area don’t have to face the winter without utility service.

www.warmathon.com

 

Customer Service Week with Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: October 13, 2017

Customer Service Week is a chance to celebrate the importance of customer service and award the people who serve and support clients on a daily basis. The occasion is celebrated annually during the first week in October. Coincidentally, Customer Service Week always falls on the first full week of Dollar Energy Fund’s new program year. This gives our organization a fantastic opportunity to show appreciation to the amazing team in our call center as they work hard to provide limited-income families with grant assistance.

Our call center professionals went above and beyond to answer more than 48,000 calls over the past six months. The significant efforts of our customer service representatives sometimes goes unnoticed while dealing with households who are facing a financial struggle. During Customer Service Week, Dollar Energy Fund likes to pay special attention to our amazing team and remind them that they are appreciated.

Dollar Energy Fund’s HR team planned activities for each day this week to recognize the heroes in our call center.

On Monday, our team enjoyed a catered lunch from Moe’s.

On Tuesday, CSR’s received 10-minute back and neck massages during their breaks.

On Wednesday, supervisors surprised each Dollar Energy Fund employee with a special gift of appreciation.

On Thursday, staff enjoyed ice cream!

Finally, a hot breakfast was delivered to our team on Friday.

If you’ve benefited from a Dollar Energy Fund assistance grant and had the pleasure of working with one of our dedicated customer service reps, we’d love to hear your story! Please email us at pr@dollarenergy.org.

The Pat Narduzzi Show VIP Giveaway Ends Nov. 21

Posted on: October 11, 2017

The Pat Narduzzi Show

We are halfway through the college football season. With a difficult schedule awaiting the team, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi will be sure to keep fans informed during his weekly show.

Dollar Energy Fund has been giving away a VIP Package to The Pat Narduzzi Show each week. By simply liking Dollar Energy Fund on Facebook and/or following us on Twitter, you are automatically entered to win the package, which includes a VIP table for four at Cupka’s Café 2 to watch the live broadcast, a $50 food credit and a Pitt Panthers item. You even have the chance to snap a photo with Coach Narduzzi and the voice of the Panthers, Bill Hillgrove.

Since the season began, we’ve gained dozens of new friends on Facebook and Twitter, but we want to keep growing. Not only do new friends and followers help us to raise awareness of our mission, but it also benefits our followers. We share event information, weatherization tips, testimonials, utility facts, donation and assistance information, contests and much more.

Follow or “like” us today for a chance at a VIP package to one of the remaining Pat Narduzzi Shows, and be sure to tune in every Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on SportsRadio 93.7 The FAN.

Wednesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 18

Wednesday, October 25

Wednesday, November 1

No show during week of Thursday night 11/9 North Carolina game

Wednesday, November 15

Tuesday, November 21 (Thanksgiving Week)

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017-2018 Program Year

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund opened its 2017-2018 utility assistance program year today and is currently accepting applications from households of most of its utility partners who are in need of help with their gas, water and electric bills.

Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program provides one-time grants to eligible, limited-income households facing an immediate utility crisis. With help from the program, families in need can receive up to $500 in grant funding that’s applied directly to their utility account to prevent a termination or restore their service. Households may be eligible for one grant for each of their utilities per program year.

“Our program is often a fund of last resort for many since our grants can provide relief to those who may not qualify for state and federal assistance programs,” said Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer. “Despite efforts to make ends meet through employment and savings, many still struggle to afford basic gas, water and electric services, especially when an unexpected financial change, such as a job loss, medical issue or cost of a necessary home repair, puts added stress on their situation. Dollar Energy Fund is available to help those who need a little help to avoid a financial crisis and utility termination.”

Those seeking help should first contact their utility company for eligibility screening and to be referred to a community based agency for assistance with Dollar Energy Fund’s application process. This approach puts at-risk families in touch with additional services—such as food, childcare and career assistance—that may be available to limited-income households.

 

Grant funding applications are currently being accepted for customers of the following utilities:

Arkansas:

  • SWEPCO

California:

  • California Water Service Company

Connecticut:

  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

Kentucky:

  • Kentucky American Water

Louisiana:

  • SWEPCO

Maryland:

  • Columbia Gas of Maryland

Pennsylvania:

  • Citizens Electric
  • Clairton Municipal Authority
  • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania
  • Duquesne Light
  • Met-Ed – A FirstEnergy Company
  • Penelec – A FirstEnergy Company
  • Penn Power – A FirstEnergy Company
  • Pennsylvania American Water
  • Peoples Natural Gas
  • Peoples Gas Company LLC (formerly Peoples TWP)
  • Valley Energy
  • Wellsboro Electric
  • West Penn Power – A FirstEnergy Company

Texas:

  • SWEPCO

Virginia:

  • Columbia Gas of Virginia
  • Old Dominion Power Company
  • Virginia American Water

West Virginia:

  • Dominion Hope
  • Mon Power – A FirstEnergy Company
  • Mountaineer Gas
  • Peoples
  • Potomac Edison – A FirstEnergy Company
  • West Virginia American Water

On December 1, assistance programs will open for customers of AEP Ohio and Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.

 

Dollar Energy Fund’s nationwide network of Community Based Organizations is now taking applications from limited-income customers. Applications for most programs will continue to be accepted through September 28, 2018, or until funds are depleted.

Eligibility guidelines vary by utility. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at www.dollarenergy.org/need-help.

 

The organization, which will celebrate 35 years of offering utility assistance, is a national leader in utility assistance. Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund’s hardship grants have helped more than 512,000 families maintain or restore safe utility services.

Dollar Energy Fund is funded by public contributions that are matched dollar for dollar by partnering utility companies. Utility customers are also able to contribute a dollar or more to Dollar Energy Fund through their monthly utility bill. Direct donations can be made online at www.dollarenergy.org/donate, by sending a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, or by texting WARM to 50555 to authorize a $5 contribution. Every donation to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program is tax deductible and all funds will stay within the area of the donor to assist limited-income neighbors.

“Thanks to the generosity of our utility partners who match every donation we receive, every dollar donated has double the impact towards helping those in need,” Quinn said. “Through our program, we are able to direct 100 percent of all funds back into the community and provide assistance to the most vulnerable individuals, families and senior citizens.”

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

 

About Dollar Energy Fund, Inc.

Dollar Energy Fund was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the largest hardship fund in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1983, the organization has provided $142 million in utility assistance grants to more than 512,000 limited-income families and individuals. The organization also assists limited-income households in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, California and Connecticut. Individuals interested in contributing to Dollar Energy Fund can do so through their utility bills, by sending donations directly to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 or through the organization’s website. Additional information can be found on Dollar Energy Fund’s website, www.dollarenergy.org.

Year in Review: 2016-2017

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund kicks off a new program year this week, but we can’t stop celebrating the accomplishments we shared together this past year. Our success would not be possible without the constant support from all of our partners, agencies, donors, staff, board members, community leaders, businesses and more. By sharing Dollar Energy Fund’s dedication and passion for helping your neighbors in need, you have allowed us to continue our work for more than 35 years. Let’s take a look back at some highlights of the 2016-2017 program year (October 2016 – September 2017):

  • 2016-2017In November, our Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign kicked off its 8th annual event with a reception at Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople. Efforts to date have brought our eight-year total to more than $130,000, including a generous match from. These funds have assisted gas customers throughout Butler County.
  • Dollar Energy Fund began partnerships with the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and The Clairton Municipal Authority to establish assistance programs for limited-income water/sewage customers.
  • Dollar Energy Fund benefited from Duquesne Light Company’s Power It Forward campaign through a 24-hour social media fundraiser that raised $10,000 for families in need. Duquesne Light’s staff also supported us during Kennywood Holiday Lights by collecting donations for more than 400 ornaments, raising nearly $5,000.
  • In January, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosted a fundraiser for Dollar Energy Fund in partnership with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which donated 50 cents of every Pittsburgh ticket sold to Dollar Energy Fund and WQED, totaling $33,765.
  • 2016-2017Our 3rd Annual Cool Down for Warmth in Market Square was held in conjunction with the 2017 NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Warmathon to benefit Dollar Energy Fund. Both events took place on January 31 and February 1. Over these two days, the combined efforts raised $366,000, which helped approximately 1,015 Pittsburgh families maintain or restore their utility service. Our annual Cool Down for Warmth event grew significantly this year with the addition of our Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting Challenge, a much larger ice house (equipped with a garage, kitchen and bathroom), as well as our new partnership with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • The City of Pittsburgh officially declared January 31, 2017, as H20 – Help to Others Program Day. Our partnership with Pennsylvania American Water has assisted customers with their water bills for over 25 years.
  • In April, Dollar Energy Fund reached a major milestone by distributing its 500,000th utility assistance grant since our inception in 1983. That’s half a million households across the county that didn’t have to go without heat, electric or water.
  • 2016-2017With the help of Peoples Natural Gas, we expanded our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins by participating in many fundraisers and promotions this season, expanding our reach and awareness in the community. Our Jerseys for Warmth Auction, Fan Appreciation Night Raffle and 50/50 raffle proceeds from the Penguins Foundation raised approximately $80,000 combined this season for local families, including a match from our utility partners. Dollar Energy Fund also participated in the Penguins Golden Ticket promotion in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.
  • In May, Dollar Energy Fund participated in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s #SafetyNetPGH, a one-day Critical Needs Alert fundraiser to seek public support for nonprofit agencies providing essential human services. This year’s #SafetyNetPGH event replaced the foundation’s Day of Giving to focus on assisting people in the region who live in or are at-risk of falling into poverty. Thanks to The Pittsburgh Foundation, our utility partners and individual donors, the event generated $5,800 towards our Hardship Program.
  • 2016-2017In June, we welcomed more than 30 foursomes and 117 total guests to the 9th Annual Dollar Energy Fund Golf Classic at Quicksilver Golf Club. This event is a fan favorite, featuring 18-holes of golf, our famous Bloody Mary bar, spiked Rita’s Italian Ice, a delicious lunch and more! This year’s Golf Classic raised over $13,000.
  • The day after our Golf Classic, Dollar Energy Fund attended the Pittsburgh EggFest, hosted by Hearth & Home Furnishings in Zelienople. We received $1,075 in proceeds from a Big Green Egg raffle, which was matched by Peoples for a total of $2,150. This amount will go towards our 9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign, which kicks off on November 8, 2017.
  • Several members of Dollar Energy Fund’s management team attended the 2017 NEUAC Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida during the last week of June. For 29 years, the conference has been the nation’s leading annual meeting of energy assistance leaders. Dollar Energy Fund’s CEO Chad Quinn is currently serving as the Chair of the Governance Board for NEUAC. Dollar Energy Fund took advantage of training and educational opportunities as well as shared experiences, common challenges and successes of effectively operating the largest hardship fund in Pennsylvania.
  • In June, Dollar Energy Fund rolled-out a new feature in our call center that enables clients to communicate via text messaging as they begin their Customer Assistance Program applications for certain utilities. This streamlines the process for those whose work and family obligations restrict their ability to contact our call center via phone or those who have limited cell phone minutes available.
  • In August, Dollar Energy Fund received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charitable organizations. This is the highest possible rating and indicates that the organization adheres to best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.
  • 2016-2017Dollar Energy Fund was selected as a benefiting charity for the ITPS customer appreciation Summer Jam Party at Jergel’s on August 31, 2017. ITPS generously donated a portion of the proceeds.
  • A construction project for the expansion of the Customer Contact Center was completed in August. The project included the addition of 38 new workstations in the call center, bringing our total number of available seating to 175.
  • Dollar Energy Fund added Instagram to our social media collection. Follow us @DollarEnergyFund!
  • Once again this season, Dollar Energy Fund continues its partnership with Pitt Football by sponsoring The Pat Narduzzi Show. We are giving away a weekly VIP package to the show to those who like or follow us on social media. The contest will run until November 21, 2017.
  • 2016-2017Last month, Dollar Energy Fund hosted our 34th Annual Luncheon at The Rivers Casino. We recognized the success of our utility partners, agencies, board members, employees, community leaders and supporters. Marty Griffin joined us as our keynote speaker.
  • This year, Dollar Energy Fund celebrated milestone years of partnership with the following utility companies:
    • Valley Energy – 10 years of partnership
    • Columbia Gas of Virginia – 5 years of partnership
    • Old Dominion Power Company – 5 years of partnership
  • Dollar Energy Fund has adopted “text giving” through our partnership with mGive. This new feature allows donors to give through their phone bill by simply texting a keyword. Want to try it now? Text WARM to 50555 and donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund.
  • Once again this year, Dollar Energy Fund had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Pittsburgh Be Utility Wise Conference in September, organized by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
  • Dollar Energy Fund distributed $7.3 million in assistance grants to 30,544 households during the 2016-2017 program year.
  • Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund has distributed more than $142 million in grants to 514,000 households nationwide.

With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2017-2018 program year. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by ensuring local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service and get on a path to self-sufficiency. If you would like to get involved during this program year, subscribe to our email newsletters and get the latest updates.

On behalf of the many individuals, seniors and families we’ve helped, we thank you for your continued support!

 

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Award Nominations

Award nominations are now being accepted for our 35th Annual Luncheon in September 2018.

Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award

Golden Eagle Award

Average Monthly Income of a Grant Recipient = $985.70