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Year in Review: 2018-2019

Posted on: October 1, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund kicks off a new program year this week. Before we move on to the excitement of a new year, let’s take a moment to remember 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 36 years. Here are some highlights from the 2018-2019 program year (October 2018 – September 2019):

November

  • In November, the 10th annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign kicked off with a reception at Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople. Efforts to date have brought our ten-year total to more than $160,000, including a generous match from Peoples, to assist gas customers throughout Butler County.
  • Dollar Energy Fund was the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland for the second year in a row. Shadrack’s made a generous donation of $20,000 to Dollar Energy Fund. Through a partnership with Chick-fil-A, coupons were distributed to customers to receive $2 off admission. Dollar Energy Fund received $1 donation for every coupon redeemed. These efforts resulted in utility assistance for 115 local families.
  • 2018-2019Dollar Energy Fund hosted its 2nd annual Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon at iHeartMedia studios and broadcasted on 3WS Pittsburgh. The event raised $93,872 to provide utility assistance to approximately 260 Pittsburgh families who were struggling to stay warm.
  • Duquesne Light Company supported Dollar Energy Fund during its Power It Forward campaign through a ’12 days of giving’ fundraiser and text-to-give campaign for Pittsburghers in need.
  • Dollar Energy Fund participated in #GiveBigPittsburgh, an online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine on Giving Tuesday.
  • 2018-2019Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Dollar Energy Fund teamed up to host our first ever Topgolf Fundraiser in November. The event raised $12,210, including a dollar-for-dollar match by Columbia, to benefit customers in need. This amount provided much-needed heating assistance to approximately 35 households this winter.
    December
  • In December, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosted a fundraiser in partnership with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A portion of every Pittsburgh ticket sold was donated to Dollar Energy Fund, totaling more than $11,200.

January

  • In January, Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $156,000 during its 5th annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square. The amount raised gave assistance to approximately 450 Pittsburgh families and individuals who were struggling to afford safe utility service.
  • 2018-2019During Cool Down for Warmth, we hosted our 3rd annual Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, presented by BNY Mellon. Twenty-one local restaurants showed up to support Dollar Energy Fund and serve cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd. Bowls for Warmth raised over $10,000 in two days, including a match from our utility partners.

February

  • In February, Dollar Energy Fund’s 11th annual Warmathon on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA raised $155,000, which provided utility assistance grants to 430 Pittsburgh-area households.

March

  • Through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, we hosted a variety of fundraisers this season to expand our reach and awareness in the community. Our Jerseys for Warmth Auction raised more than $53,000 to benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers in need. In March, our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle raised nearly $8,000, including a match from our utility partners.

April

  • Dollar Energy Fund was an exhibitor in this year’s CS Week Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. We shared our solutions and experience on managing low-income utility assistance programs with other industry professionals across the country.

May

2018-2019

  • In partnership with Appalachian Power Company in Virginia, Dollar Energy Fund hosted its second annual fishing tournament, Fishing for a Cause. We welcomed 40 boats to Smith Mountain Lake and the event raised nearly $20,000 to assist limited-income customers maintain or restore basic electric service through our Virginia Neighbor to Neighbor Program.
  • Dollar Energy Fund participated in The Pittsburgh Foundation’s #ONEDAY Critical Needs Alert online giving event on May 7, 2019.

June

  • Several members of Dollar Energy Fund’s staff and management team attended the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) 2019 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 2018-2019In June, we welcomed 26 foursomes and more than 100 guests at Quicksilver Golf Club for our 11th annual Golf Classic. This event is a fan favorite, featuring 18-holes of golf, our famous Bloody Mary Bar, a delicious lunch and more.
  • During the Golf Classic, Dollar Energy Fund hosted its first online silent auction. This auction raised over $2,500 for our local neighbors in need.
  • Dollar Energy Fund earned its third consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charitable organizations. This is the highest possible rating and shows our commitment to financial accountability and transparency.

July

  • Dollar Energy Fund has been working hard to provide utility customers with a quick and easy way to recertify for PCAP. In July, Dollar Energy Fund sent a text message to 2,200 FirstEnergy customers regarding their PCAP status. This method of communication served as a quick and easy way for customers to complete some or all of the recertification process for their account through text messaging.

August

  • 2018-2019Dollar Energy Fund celebrated National Popsicle Day on August 26, 2019, by passing out popsicles in downtown Pittsburgh to raise awareness on the need for utility assistance in our region.
  • Once again this season, Dollar Energy Fund continues its partnership with Pitt Athletics 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 27, 2019.

September

  • In September, we joined our partners in celebration at Rivers Casino for our 36th Annual Luncheon. We gathered with approximately 180 guests to honor the utility partners, employees, community organizations and leaders who worked diligently this year to bring Dollar Energy Fund’s mission to life.
  • 2018-2019Dollar Energy Fund celebrated milestone years of partnership with the following utility companies:
    • Citizens’ Electric Company – 20 years of partnership
    • Wellsboro Electric – 20 years of partnership
    • AEP Ohio – 10 years of partnership
    • Kingsport Power Company – 10 years of partnership
    • Appalachian Power Virginia – 10 years of partnership
    • California Water Service Company – 5 years of partnership
    • Kentucky American Water – 5 years of partnership
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Peoples Natural Gas teamed up for another season of helping others. The 2019 Bringing the Heat campaign raised $34,600 for local families in need of utility assistance this winter.
  • This year, Dollar Energy Fund started contracts with many new utility partners. We now administer programs for Pacific Gas & Electric, West View Water Authority, Maryland American Water, Indiana Michigan Power, and Indianapolis Power & Light Company. These new partnerships expanded our service territory to 13 states.
  • Most importantly, Dollar Energy Fund has distributed over 22,195 grants, totaling more than $6.3 million across the country since October 1, 2018.
  • Since 1983, we have assisted 562,000 households by distributing $155 million in utility assistance nationwide.

With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2019-2020 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. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before the end of the calendar year. If you would like to get involved during this program year, subscribe to our email newsletters to stay up-to-date on our latest fundraising campaigns.

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

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for 2019-2020 Program Year

Posted on: October 1, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program, a utility assistance program providing grants for limited-income households, opened its 2019-2020 program year on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, and is accepting applications from customers in need of help with their gas, water, electric and sewer bills.

Dollar Energy Fund provides one-time grants to 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 to restore their service. Households may be eligible to receive one grant for each of their utilities per program year. This program is a fund of last resort, as it goes above and beyond what is available through federal, state and other programs.

“A grant from our Hardship Program allows many of our neighbors in need to maintain or restore basic and safe utility service,” said Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we enter into the start of our program year, our goal is to be a resource for the individuals, senior citizens and families who are struggling to afford the costs of their utility bills. The availability of assistance is especially important as we get closer to the winter heating season because it provides a way for families, many of whom have children, to stay warm in their homes during the coldest months.”

 

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

Arkansas:

SWEPCO

California:

California Water Service Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Connecticut:

South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

Indiana:

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Kentucky:

Kentucky American Water

Louisiana:

SWEPCO

Maryland:

Columbia Gas of Maryland

Maryland American Water

Pennsylvania:

ALCOSAN

Citizens’ Electric Company

Clairton Municipal Authority

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

Duquesne Light Company

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)

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Valley Energy

Wellsboro Electric

West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company

West View Water Authority

Texas:

SWEPCO

Virginia:

Columbia Gas of Virginia

Old Dominion Power Company

Virginia American Water Company, Inc.

West Virginia:

Dominion Energy West Virginia

Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Company

Mountaineer Gas

Peoples Gas

Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Company

West Virginia American Water

 

On November 1, 2019, assistance programs will open for customers of Indiana Michigan Power in Indiana. On December 2, 2019, assistance programs will open for customers of AEP Ohio, Appalachian Power Company in West Virginia and Virginia, and Kingsport Power Company in Tennessee.

Applications for most programs will continue to be accepted on a first come, first served basis through September 30, 2020, or until funds are depleted. 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 connects households with additional services that may also be available to limited-income households, such as food, childcare and career assistance.

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

Dollar Energy Fund is a national leader in utility assistance. Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund’s hardship grants have helped more than 562,000 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 or by sending a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Every donation to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program is tax deductible and additional support from the utility companies allows for 100 percent of all donations and matching funds to be used as assistance grants to help households in need.

For more information about Dollar Energy Fund and how to apply for a grant from the Hardship Program, or to make a donation 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 programs of its kind in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1983, the organization has provided $155 million in utility assistance grants to more than 562,000 limited-income families and individuals. The organization also assists limited-income households in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, California, Connecticut and Indiana. 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.

Peoples ‘Bringing the Heat’ Raises $34,600

Posted on: September 25, 2019

Bringing the Heat

As we wave farewell to baseball season, we’re grateful for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their partnership with Peoples Natural Gas for the 2019 Bringing the Heat campaign. On Tuesday, September 25, 2019, at one of the final games of the season, Peoples presented Jody Robertson, Dollar Energy Fund’s Director of Communications, with a check for $34,600 – a result of a full season of strikeouts. Peoples generously donated $25 for each strikeout and the Pirates pitchers delivered! The funds will go directly to assist Peoples customers who are struggling to maintain or restore basic utility services.

The strikeouts helped to raise enough money to warm the homes of more than 100 local families this winter.

Thank you to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Peoples for helping Dollar Energy Fund assist more families through the Bringing the Heat campaign. If you’re sad to see the season end, get ready for more great fundraisers coming this winter from Dollar Energy Fund and our partners! Visit our upcoming events page for more details and mark your calendars.

Meet the 36th Annual Luncheon Award Recipients

Posted on: September 11, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund presented one Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award and three Golden Eagle Awards at our Annual Luncheon held on Friday, September 6, 2019. Roxanne Squillante and Joe Ott, members of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, both had the pleasure of announcing the 36th Annual Luncheon award recipients at this year’s event. These awards are granted each year to individuals and organizations that have worked to bring Dollar Energy Fund’s mission to life. These people and groups care deeply about the limited-income community we serve and spent countless hours promoting their welfare and striving for their benefit.

 

2019 Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award Recipient: Morgan O’Brien, Peoples Natural Gas

36th Annual Luncheon Award Recipients

The Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award, named for Dollar Energy Fund’s founder, is given each year to an individual or organization for making significant contributions to the limited-income community through advocacy, limited-income program advancements, program creation, and program funding attainment.

For his contributions to our organization and the community at-large, we were proud to present Morgan O’Brien with this honor. As Chief Executive Officer of Peoples Natural Gas, Morgan O’Brien has channeled his leadership and compassion to impact the culture of his organization, particularly regarding how employees view the importance of limited-income programs and how the company supports the communities it serves. Morgan looks at those in the community who face challenges and approaches their needs with compassion because he knows any one of us could be in their shoes. Whether he’s supporting a cause personally or Peoples is participating in an initiative to help the region in the long-term, his compassion sends a message to his employees, inspiring them to do more to make a difference for those in need, find new ways to reduce barriers and expand programs, and increase outreach in the community.

Peoples has partnered with Dollar Energy Fund for more than 35 years and the company has significantly increased its engagement, promotion and collaboration with Dollar Energy Fund in the years that Morgan has led the organization. He also understands that those struggling to pay for utilities are often struggling to afford other basic needs, such as rent or food. His desire to support these needs led to a key partnership between Peoples and United Way’s 2-1-1. This important collaboration allows for a holistic approach to helping stabilize households and improve our community as a whole.

Each year, Morgan leads the fundraising efforts for Dollar Energy Fund’s Cool Down for Warmth event. Not only does he set the bar high for funds raised, he visits the ice house, often early in the morning before he starts his work day, to raise awareness for the cause because he truly believes in the importance of making Hardship grants available for those struggling to afford their utility service. Over the last five years, his personal fundraising efforts through the Cool Down for Warmth campaign have resulted in $153,000 in utility assistance for 440 households in this region. Through his many initiatives, both personally and through Peoples, it’s clear that Morgan is invested in supporting limited-income communities and his efforts have resulted in a significant impact on our region and beyond.

The first Hardship Program assistance grant of the 2019-2020 program year will be made in the name of Morgan O’Brien to commemorate his selection as the 2019 Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award winner. Congrats, Morgan!

 

2019 Golden Eagle Award Recipients

The Golden Eagle Awards provide an opportunity for Dollar Energy Fund to recognize our partners and friends who soar above and beyond for Dollar Energy Fund and our limited-income clients. This year, our winners have made a significant impact for our organization and in their communities, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to recognize them.

 

36th Annual Luncheon Award Recipients

Devin Cunningham, Center for Community Resources | “In his role at Center for Community Resources, Devin strives to provide solutions for those who are in need of utility assistance and breaks down the barriers that prevent them from getting the assistance they need, including working after hours and on weekends to process applications for Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program, and going into the community to help those in need complete applications, especially for those who live in rural areas or lack transportation. He has organized outreach events focused on utility assistance programs and treats those he encounters with dignity and respect while providing a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment.”

 

36th Annual Luncheon Award Recipients

Ed Peterson, Holy Family Institute | “Ed has spent more than 20 years assisting clients through connecting them with Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program. Each year, as the October 1st start of Dollar Energy Fund’s program year approaches, Ed prepares by identifying existing clients who are considered vulnerable or who may lack transportation, then he reviews their eligibility status for Dollar Energy Fund assistance and proactively reaches out to them to help them complete an application. He’s always willing to travel to clients to ensure everyone has the opportunity to apply for assistance. And, he conducts thorough follow-up to ensure all documentation is provided in a timely manner. He also delivers hygiene kits and grocery store gift cards to these individuals and families as a way to provide tangible and immediate support. Ed had a hand in assisting Holy Family Institute process the most Dollar Energy Fund applications of all agency sites in Pennsylvania this past year.”

 

Family Crisis Support Services | “This community-based agency partner works tirelessly to combat the transportation issues in its five-county service territory. Centered in Norton, Virginia, Family Crisis Support Services reaches the rural communities by traveling to clients’ homes, many over an hour from their offices, to ensure they have access to utility assistance programs and other services. They also provide food boxes, thrift store vouchers and hygiene kits to households because they realize how few public transportation options are available to help those in need obtain necessities.”

 

Congratulations to all of our 36th Annual Luncheon award recipients! Click here to read more about the event.

36th Annual Luncheon Recap

Posted on: September 11, 2019

36th Annual Luncheon

On Friday, September 6, we joined our partners in celebration at the Rivers Casino for our 36th Annual Luncheon. We gathered with approximately 180 guests to honor the utility partners, employees, community organizations and leaders who worked diligently this year to bring Dollar Energy Fund’s mission to life.

The day started when more than a dozen Dollar Energy Fund employees headed to the Grand Ballroom on the second level of the casino to set up the silent auction, ticket auction, and awards. Guests started to arrive at registration around 11 a.m., found their tables, mingled with friends and placed bids through our online auction.

Ron Giulianelli, president of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, began the program at noon by welcoming everyone and sharing opening remarks. Afterward, guests enjoyed a delicious buffet-style lunch that included salad, baked ziti, chicken parmesan, smoked sausage, broccoli presto pizza and more, along with an array of mini desserts.

After lunch, Dollar Energy Fund CEO Chad Quinn recognized utility partners that achieved milestone years of partnership with us. Citizens’ Electric Company and Wellsboro Electric both celebrated 20 years of partnership with Dollar Energy Fund this year. AEP Ohio, Kingsport Power Company and Appalachian Power Virginia each achieved their 10-year milestone of partnership. California Water Service Company and Kentucky American Water both partnered with Dollar Energy Fund in 2014, making this year their 5th year of partnership. The continued support from all of our utility partners allows Dollar Energy Fund to assist thousands of limited-income households in 13 different states each year.

Lisa Stoebener, Dollar Energy Fund Chief Human Resources Officer, recognized our Board of Directors, who each bring unique strengths and benefits in supporting Dollar Energy Fund’s mission and growth. Overall, we currently have 19 members serving on the Board. However, we have one member whose final term is coming to an end. Ron Giulianelli has served as the President of our Board for three years. He is also completing his second three-year term as a Board Member. At the end of this term, Ron will assume a new role as our immediate past president once a new president is elected.

Before the keynote address, Roxanne Squillante, Secretary of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, began our awards presentation. She presented three Golden Eagle Awards, which go to community partners and friends who have “soared above and beyond” in their efforts to help the limited-income community this year. Next up, Joe Ott, who is currently serving as the Vice President of our Board of Directors, presented the Betty Ann Simon Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the low-income community. This year, Dollar Energy Fund was proud to present the award to Peoples Natural Gas CEO Morgan O’Brien. Click here to read more about our award recipients!

Dollar Energy Fund Chief Financial Officer Dan Caponi had the pleasure of introducing Lance White to present the keynote address. Lance is entering his second year as head coach for the University of Pittsburgh Women’s Basketball Team. He delivered a motivational speech that discussed overcoming hardships and offered praise to our hardworking agency partners.

At the end of the event, we closed the online silent auction and announced winners of the ticket auction. Many people took home beautiful silent auction items; the proceeds for which will help the local, limited-income community stay warm this winter.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 36th Annual Luncheon, and a special thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible: Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, FirstEnergy, Peoples Natural Gas, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and our presenting sponsor, Pennsylvania American Water. We look forward to another successful year together!

36th Annual Luncheon

Dollar Energy Fund CEO Chad Quinn presents Brook Bogaczyk from Citizens’ Electric Company with a milestone award for 20 years of partnership.

 

36th Annual Luncheon

Dollar Energy Fund CEO Chad Quinn presents Dwight Linkous from Appalachian Power Company with a milestone award for 10 years of partnership.

 

36th Annual Luncheon

Peoples Natural Gas staff members stand to celebrate Morgan O’Brien, recipient of the Betty Ann Simon Memorial Award.

 

36th Annual Luncheon

Lance White, University of Pittsburgh Women’s Basketball Coach, delivers the keynote address.

Win VIP Access to the Pat Narduzzi Show, Presented by Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: September 9, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is proud to return as the presenting sponsor of the Pat Narduzzi Show. Pitt Football Coach Pat Narduzzi will join host Larry Richert for his weekly radio show on SportsRadio 93.7 The FAN from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The show airs live each game week from Pitt Studios in the Petersen Events Center. New this year, the Pat Narduzzi Show will be re-aired as a telecast on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh each Friday at 4:30 p.m.

As presenting sponsor, Dollar Energy Fund is giving away a VIP package to attend a live broadcast of the show at the new Pitt Studios! This exclusive fan experience gives you an intimate look at the production of the show and an opportunity to interact with Coach Narduzzi without the crowded atmosphere of a bar or restaurant. To be entered to win, simply like Dollar Energy Fund on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dollarenergyfund) or follow us on Twitter (@DollarEnergyFnd). A winner will be chosen for each show throughout the season and the weekly prize includes VIP access to the show for four people, free parking, complimentary food and drinks, and Pitt Panther merchandise.

The complete 12-show schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 28 (airing on KDKA 1020)

Wednesday, Sept. 4 (airing on KDKA 1020)

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (airing on KDKA 1020)

Wednesday, Sept. 25 (airing on KDKA 1020)

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Tuesday, Oct. 15 (Week of Friday night Syracuse game)

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Monday, November 11 (Week of Thursday night North Carolina game)

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving week)

 

Show schedule subject to change.

Like or follow today for your chance to win every week!

 

National Popsicle Day

Posted on: August 19, 2019

The Pittsburgh region has experienced a dangerously hot summer this year. July clocked in as the hottest month ever recorded. While winter might feel far off for some, it’s all many of our struggling Pittsburgh neighbors can think about. The stress of approaching the cold months is a reality for thousands of households in our area. Instead of worrying about snowy roads and shoveling their walkways, limited-income families are wondering if they will make it through the winter. They will stretch their thin incomes and still not come up with the necessary funds to keep their homes warm and their pipes from freezing. With your help, we can assist these families on a path to self-sufficiency.

 

Who does Dollar Energy Fund help?

Dollar Energy Fund’s Pennsylvania Hardship Program assists eligible customers with their gas, electric and water service by providing a one-time grant that is applied directly to their utility bill. This program is a fund of last resort because it goes above and beyond what is available through federal, state and other programs. Many who receive a grant from the program are experiencing a temporary financial hardship, such as a job loss, medical emergency, or other circumstance beyond their control. An assistance grant can help keep them from enduring further financial hardship or having to choose between paying their monthly utility bills and purchasing food, medicine or other necessities.

  • $3.6 million was granted to 10,466 families in Pennsylvania during the 2017-2018 program year.
  • Dollar Energy Fund has assisted 7,042 families in the Greater Pittsburgh Region* with $2.49 million in utility assistance grants during the 2017-2018 program year.
  • 1,775 households were without utility service before receiving a grant.
  • More than half of the households supported have children under the age of 18.
  • 20% of households that receive a grant have seniors (62 years old or older).
  • Over 85% of grant recipients are either currently employed or receiving retirement or disability benefits.

*Counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland.

 

Help your neighbors prepare for winter by making a donation today.

The demand for assistance from our program has grown significantly due to increased costs of everyday living expenses and severe weather conditions. To meet the need, we rely on the generosity of individual donors. Our unique funding model provides a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies for every donation we receive. The utility companies also make a separate donation to cover our administrative fees, so 100 percent of all individual donations are used to provide utility assistance grants to limited-income households.

RSVP for our 36th Annual Luncheon

Posted on: July 31, 2019

Registration is now open for Dollar Energy Fund’s 36th Annual Luncheon on Friday, September 6, 2019. The event will be held inside Rivers Casino. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at noon.

Join us for this special event as we celebrate the success of Dollar Energy Fund and our partners over the past year. This year’s event will include lunch, words from our CEO, a keynote address, an awards presentation, online silent auction, raffle and much more.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 23, 2019. You can do so online by visiting our event website. Individual tickets for the event cost $50 (partnering agencies receive two free tickets). VIP Tables are also available, including 10 tickets and sponsorship signage.

Our Annual Luncheon will celebrate the efforts our partners, donors and friends have extended to help Dollar Energy Fund meet its mission. We will continue to take this opportunity to present awards to recognize those who are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize leaders who strive to assist the limited-income community and soar above and beyond for Dollar Energy Fund’s mission.

Click here to learn more about our awards and access nomination forms. Please submit your nominations no later than Friday, August 9, 2019, to be eligible for consideration. They may be electronically submitted to events@dollarenergy.org or faxed to 412-431-2085.

The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is Accepting Applications for Summer Cooling Assistance

Posted on: June 28, 2019

Neighbor to Neighbor

The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is now accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2019 summer cooling 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 summer 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 – 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 restore, their electric service. Cooling assistance is available once per program year on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible account holders may apply through August 31, 2019, 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 $13.5 million in assistance to more than 56,000 customers during this time.

“We’ve made a commitment to the communities we serve to be a good community partner and neighbor,” said Katie Grayem, director of customer experience for AEP Ohio. “Summer heat can contribute to dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly and those with health problems. The Summer Cooling Program is one of many ways we help our customers who may struggle to afford keeping their homes cool during the summer.”

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 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

For example, a family of four earning up to $51,500 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the last 90 days and owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at AEPOhio.com/helpaneighbor.

“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.

Golf Classic Recap

Posted on: June 28, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund hosted its annual Golf Classic on Friday, June 21, 2019. We welcomed 26 foursomes and more than 100 guests at Quicksilver Golf Club for a great day on the course.

The day started off with our renowned Bloody Mary bar and a light breakfast. Golfers set out on the course at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. With friendly competitions along the way, such as hole-in-one challenges, longest drive contests and more, golfers remained engaged and entertained for all 18 holes. Our staff worked diligently to provide golfers with cold drinks as they tackled the course. Hot dogs were also served at the turn.

After all teams finished the course, guests returned to the clubhouse for lunch, sponsored by CBTS and Dell EMC, and networked with friends as they viewed over 40 silent auction items. Burgers, grilled chicken, coleslaw and potato salad were just a few of the delicious lunch options to choose from. Shortly after, Dollar Energy Fund’s CEO, Chad Quinn, and Director of Communications, Jody Robertson, presented awards.

A foursome from Peoples Natural Gas beat out reigning champions, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, to win the Utility Cup. As a prize, Peoples’ hardship fund will receive an additional $1,000 contribution from Dollar Energy Fund’s general fundraising. In addition, the winners will have their name engraved on the cup and will be able to keep the trophy until they defend the title during next year’s outing.

We want to thank everyone who helped with the 2019 Dollar Energy Fund Golf Classic. From those who golfed, to those who donated a silent auction item – we couldn’t have done it without you. As always, 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will be matched by our partnering utility companies and will go directly to help families in need.

Dollar Energy Fund would also like to thank all of our Golf Classic sponsors. Their involvement was an integral part of making our event a success, and it goes a long way towards helping the families we serve. Our efforts would not be possible without their support and generosity. We are also grateful to everyone at Quicksilver Golf Club for their excellent service and accommodations.

At Dollar Energy Fund, we always encourage our supporters to have fun while raising money for families and individuals who are on their path to self-sufficiency. Stay tuned for future events by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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