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Pella Windows and Doors of Pittsburgh

Posted on: October 15, 2018

Fall is a great time to get home improvement projects underway. If you are currently thinking about window and door replacement in your home, Dollar Energy Fund can benefit from your purchase. Dollar Energy Fund is partnered with Pella Windows and Doors of Pittsburgh. By purchasing Pella products, you can help your neighbors in need and receive an exclusive discount on your purchase not available to the rest of the market. Pella Windows and Doors of Pittsburgh will donate 5% of your purchase to our organization. You will also receive 2% off your purchase on top of current promotion until 11/25/2018. This offer is available for homeowners purchasing both product and installation from Pella and is available exclusively through Sales Manager Mike Weisberg at 412-295-6547.

Pella Corporation is an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year five years in a row. Click here to learn more about how windows and doors can reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home.

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for 2018-2019 Program Year

Posted on: October 1, 2018

Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program, a utility assistance program available to eligible, limited-income households in need of help with their gas, water and electric bills, will begin accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Program Year on Monday, October 1, 2018.

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 restore their service. Households may be eligible for one grant for each of their utilities per program year.

“The demand for utility assistance has remained constant throughout the 35 years our organization has been serving as a resource for those facing difficult financial decisions centered on utility payments, but our grants offer relief to those who may not qualify for state and federal assistance programs and allows many of our neighbors in need to maintain or restore basic and safe service,” said Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer.

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.

 

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 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

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 December 3, 2018, assistance programs will open for customers of AEP Ohio, Appalachian Power Company in West Virginia and Virginia, and Kingsport Power Company in 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 30, 2019, 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 is celebrating its 35th year of offering utility assistance, is a national leader in utility assistance. Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund’s hardship grants have helped more than 537,000 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 GIVE5 to 50555 to authorize a $5 contribution. Message and data rates may apply. Every donation to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program is tax deductible and we 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 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 in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1983, the organization has provided $148 million in utility assistance grants to more than 537,000 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: 2017-2018

Posted on: October 1, 2018

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 us look back at some highlights of the 2017-2018 program year (October 2017 – September 2018):

  • In November, our Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign kicked off its 9th annual event with a reception at Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople. Efforts to date have brought our nine-year total to more than $138,000, including a generous match from Peoples, to assist gas customers throughout Butler County.
  • Dollar Energy Fund was proud to be the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland this season.
  • Dollar Energy Fund began a partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to establish a bill discount, lead line replacement, and hardship program for limited-income customers.
  • Duquesne Light Company supported Dollar Energy Fund during its Power It Forward campaign through a 24-hour social media fundraiser and text-to-give campaign that raised $10,000 for Pittsburghers in need.
  • Vineyard Vines in Ross Park Mall hosted an in-store 10/10 event. For a 3-hour period, every customer received 10% off their purchase while Vineyard Vines donated 10% back to Dollar Energy Fund.
  • Dollar Energy Fund hosted a new event with iHeartMedia and 3WS Pittsburgh called the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon where supporters could donate to request a song. The event raised more than $77,300 to provide utility assistance to approximately 215 Pittsburgh families and individuals who were struggling to stay warm.Request-A-Thon
  • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosted a fundraiser in partnership with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which donated a portion of every Pittsburgh ticket sold to Dollar Energy Fund, totaling more than $12,200.
  • In January, Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $222,000 during its 4th Annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised gave assistance to approximately 635 Pittsburgh families and individuals who were struggling to afford safe utility service.
  • During Cool Down for Warmth, we hosted a Bowls for Warmth Lunch in the Square Soup Tasting, where local restaurants participated in a soup challenge and served cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd. Fifteen local restaurants showed up to support Dollar Energy Fund and the lunch event raised over $20,000 in two days, including a match from our utility partners.
  • In February, Dollar Energy Fund’s 10th annual Warmathon on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA raised $150,000, which helped 430 Pittsburgh-area households.
  • 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 and Fan Appreciation Night Raffle raised over $80,000 combined, including a match from our utility partners.
  • During the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show in March, Dollar Energy Fund teamed up with Dormont Appliance for a raffle to benefit limited-income Duquesne Light customers.
  • Dollar Energy Fund partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets to raise funds and increase our reach in Ohio through a variety of different raffles, including the CannonBall, Jerseys Off Our Backs, and CBJ Special Jersey Auction.
  • Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Information Officer, Sean Smiles, was named a 2018 CIO of the Year Nonprofit Finalist by the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
  • On April 19, 2018, Dollar Energy Fund marked its 35th anniversary of helping our neighbors in need and kicked off a year-long celebration to recognize the milestone. The City of Pittsburgh recognized Dollar Energy Fund with a proclamation during the City Council meeting on April 24, 2018. Read about the history of Dollar Energy Fund.
  • Dollar Energy Fund hosted its first fishing tournament, Fishing for a Cause, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. We welcomed more than 75 boats to Smith Mountain Lake – Parkway Marina, Virginia. The event raised $20,150, including a utility partner match, to assist limited-income customers of Appalachian Power Company maintain or restore basic electric service through our Virginia Neighbor to Neighbor Program.
  • In May, Dollar Energy Fund was an exhibitor at this year’s CS Week Conference in Tampa, Florida, to share our solutions on managing low-income utility assistance programs, creating customized cloud-based software technology, and providing customer contact call center services.
  • In June, Dollar Energy Fund welcomed 32 foursomes and more than 120 guests to the 10th Annual 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!
  • A week after the Golf Classic, Dollar Energy Fund attended the Pittsburgh EggFest, hosted by Hearth & Home Furnishings in Zelienople. We received $670 in proceeds from a Big Green Egg raffle, which was matched by Peoples for a total of $1,340. This amount will go towards our 10th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign, which kicks off on November 1, 2018.
  • Several members of Dollar Energy Fund’s staff and management team attended the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) 2018 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on June 26-28, 2018. Dollar Energy Fund was presented with the Victorine Q. Adams Award for raising public awareness and generating financial aid for people in need of energy assistance through our Cool Down for Warmth fundraiser. Chad Quinn, Dollar Energy Fund’s Chief Executive Officer, finished out his final conference as the President for NEUAC’s Board of Directors.
  • In July, 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 our organization adheres to best practices and has a commitment to financial accountability and transparency.
  • 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, 2018.
  • Dollar Energy Fund began a new partnership with Kelly Services in September.
  • On Friday, September 14, 2018, we joined our partners in celebration at the Rivers Casino for our 35th Annual Luncheon. We gathered with approximately 150 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.
  • This year, Dollar Energy Fund celebrated milestone years of partnership with the following utility companies:
    • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania – 35 years of partnership
    • Duquesne Light Company – 35 years of partnership
    • Peoples Natural Gas – 35 years of partnership
    • Appalachian Power Company – 10 years of partnership
    • Columbia Gas of Maryland – 10 years of partnership
    • Dominion Energy West Virginia – 10 years of partnership
    • Peoples Natural Gas – 10 years of partnership
    • Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Company – 10 years of partnership
    • Mountaineer Gas – 10 years of partnership
    • Potomac Ed, a FirstEnergy Company – 10 years of partnership
    • West Virginia American Water Company – 10 years of partnership
  • Dollar Energy Fund had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2018 Pittsburgh Be Utility Wise Conference in September, organized by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Since 1983, we have assisted 537,000 households by distributing $148 million in utility assistance nationwide. With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2018-2019 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. We have many more fundraising opportunities.

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

10th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign

Posted on: September 27, 2018

Each year, more than 200 Butler County households are in need of heat-related utility assistance. Hearth & Home Furnishings and Peoples Natural Gas are teaming up for the 10th 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 be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hearth & Home Furnishings Showroom in Zelienople (300 N. Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063).

Following the reception, Hearth & Home Furnishings will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program, which provides one-time utility assistance grants to families facing a utility crisis. Peoples will match the donation and all funds will be used to help limited-income families in Butler County stay warm this winter.

Tickets to the kick-off reception are $25 each, with $20 per ticket being donated directly to Dollar Energy Fund. The evening will include food, beverages, music, raffles, and a silent auction. For ticket information, call 724-452-6732. Please RSVP by October 24th.

The Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign has provided more than $150,000 in utility assistance to local households over the past nine years. This amount of funding allowed for approximately 430 local, limited-income families to maintain or restore their basic gas utility service.

Direct donations to the Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign can be made online at www.dollarenergy.org (select “Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign” as the donation designation) or by sending a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Contributions can also be made by adding one dollar or more to your monthly Peoples gas bill. All donations are tax deductible and will receive a dollar-for-dollar match.

 

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35th Annual Luncheon Recap

Posted on: September 27, 2018

35th Annual Luncheon

On Friday, September 14, we joined our partners in celebration at the Rivers Casino for our 35th Annual Luncheon. We gathered with approximately 150 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, favors and awards. Guests started to arrive at registration around 11 a.m., found their tables, mingled with friends and placed bids at the auction. Clark’s Studio was on site at registration to offer complimentary professional headshots to all guests as a thank you for helping Dollar Energy Fund celebrate 35 years.

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 ricotta pizza and more, along with an array of mini desserts.

After lunch, Dollar Energy Fund’s CEO, Chad Quinn, recognized our Board of Directors. Overall, we currently have 19 members serving on the Board, and each bring unique strengths and benefits in supporting Dollar Energy Fund’s mission and growth.

Dollar Energy Fund is also proud to partner with dozens of utility companies across 12 states. The program recognized utility partners that achieved milestone years of partnership with us. Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Duquesne Light Company all celebrated 35 years with Dollar Energy Fund as our founding utility partners. We also had many utility companies celebrate their second milestone with 10 years of partnership, including Appalachian Power Company, Columbia Gas of Maryland, Dominion Energy West Virginia, Mon Power, Mountaineer Gas, Potomac Ed and West Virginia American Water Company.

Katrina Metzler, Executive Director of the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition, joined us to share remarks about Dollar Energy Fund’s role in the coalition and our collective dedication to heightening awareness of the energy needs of low income energy consumers. Our guests were also joined by former utility representative on Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors and longtime Peoples Natural Gas employee, Sadie Kroeck, as she took the stage to share special remarks. Sadie talked about Dollar Energy Fund’s founder, Betty Ann Simon, Betty’s legacy and the early days of the organization.

In lieu of a guest keynote speaker, we premiered a compilation video of our supporters. Throughout the past few months, we have received dozens of congratulatory messages from our partners. We are so thankful to have an amazing team of supporters and we thank you for the best wishes and congratulations. We couldn’t have done it without you.

At the end of the event, we closed the 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. One of our agency partners, Housing Opportunities of Beaver County, took home a brand new laptop from our door prize, courtesy of our friends at River Point Technology.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, and a special thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible: Pennsylvania American Water, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, FirstEnergy, and Peoples Natural Gas.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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

Posted on: August 23, 2018

Pitt Football Coach Pat Narduzzi will be hosting his live, weekly radio show, alongside the voice of the Panthers, Bill Hillgrove, beginning Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at The Yard Market Square (100 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). The Pat Narduzzi Show, presented by Dollar Energy Fund, will air on SportsRadio 93.7 The FAN from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dollar Energy Fund is giving away a VIP package to attend a live broadcast of the show. 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 a VIP table for four, a $50 food credit and Pitt Panther merchandise.

The complete 12-show schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 29

Wednesday, Sept. 5 (airing on KDKA-AM)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (airing on KDKA-AM)

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Wednesday, Oct. 10

No Show on Wednesday, Oct. 17

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Tuesday, Oct. 30 (Week of Friday night Virginia game)

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Thanksgiving week)

 

Show schedule subject to change.

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

 

Make a difference this season!

Ask about the Pitt Football Season Special every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to close at all Yard locations. For every featured sandwich sold, The Yard will donate $1.00 to help local families in need.

 

Use Amazon Smile for Back to School Shopping

Posted on: August 14, 2018

 

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to an end and you’re getting ready to send the kids back to school. Unfortunately, some kids can only enjoy simple services, such as electricity and air conditioning, when they are in the classroom. More than half of the households supported by Dollar Energy Fund have children under the age of 18. Luckily, you have the opportunity to help your neighbors in need when you shop for back-to-school supplies.

By supporting Dollar Energy Fund through Amazon Smile, not only will you teach your kids the value of giving, but you will also help a family afford basic utility service this season. Sign up by visiting smile.amazon.com and select Dollar Energy Fund as your charity. Then, shop on Amazon through the smile.amazon.com link.

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. There is no additional cost to you!

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

Tell your friends and family to help us spread the word about Amazon Smile!

Dollar Energy Fund Supports LIHEAP Action Month

Posted on: August 9, 2018

LIHEAP

August marks LIHEAP Action Month and highlights the year-round effort to protect the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

During the most extreme weather periods, energy is a life-critical resource. Unfortunately, many families across the nation continue to struggle with energy affordability, in some cases putting their lives at risk, forcing people to make choices between things like medicine or food, or paying their utility bills. LIHEAP provides help to vulnerable households by assisting with energy costs and offers much needed relief for thousands of people who rely on the service.

LIHEAP and Dollar Energy Fund

Dollar Energy Fund works in conjunction with LIHEAP to make sure that limited-income individuals and families still receive the financial assistance they need to survive. When the LIHEAP program is open, eligible customers must apply for LIHEAP funding prior to applying for a grant from Dollar Energy Fund. It’s our goal to help the most people while meeting the greatest need, so we extend the reach of our funds by directing eligible utility customers to apply for federal funding first whenever it is available.

#SaveLIHEAP

In March, Congress approved the $1.3 trillion spending bill and made a FY2018 increase for LIHEAP a reality. The bill provided $3.64 billion for LIHEAP, an improvement of $250 million, which was the largest increase since 2009. The National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) and advocates from across the country have worked tirelessly to urge Congress to support the program. The #SaveLIHEAP effort has undoubtedly contributed to this successful outcome.

Unlike entitlement programs that receive increases with growth in the eligible population, LIHEAP does not automatically receive an increase and must be reviewed and approved by Congress annually. Advocates are asking Congress to protect and increase LIHEAP appropriations for FY2019. LIHEAP is a small Federal program, but it has a multiplier effect. When struggling families can afford energy, they are more likely to remain in their homes, households are stabilized, and seniors and veterans maintain access to service.

Advocacy Begins with Understanding

Please take the time to learn more about NEUAC and LIHEAP Action Month by visiting neuac.org.

Click here to view state-by-state fact sheets on LIHEAP eligibility, funding and usage.

 

Talk to your utility company if you’re experiencing a hardship and they will assess what programs you might be eligible for, including a grant from LIHEAP or Dollar Energy Fund.

Support Dollar Energy Fund on Amazon Prime Day

Posted on: July 16, 2018

Amazon’s Prime Day is here! Deals start on July 16, 2018 (3pm ET) and run through July 17, 2018. With 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, Prime Day is considered the biggest Amazon event ever, exceeding Black Friday records. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to help your neighbors in need as you shop online!

You can help them by supporting Dollar Energy Fund through Amazon Smile. Sign up by visiting smile.amazon.com and select Dollar Energy Fund as your charity. Then, shop on Amazon through the smile.amazon.com link. Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate a percentage of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. There is no additional cost to you!

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

Tell your friends and family to help us spread the word about Amazon Smile – and happy shopping!

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

Posted on: July 6, 2018

Neighbor to NeighborThe AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is now accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2018 summer cooling 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 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 – may provide assistance once per program year to families facing an immediate utility crisis. With help from the AEP Ohio 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 cooling assistance on a first-come, first-served basis through August 31, 2018, while funds are available.

AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009 and have helped more than 52,000 Ohio families with more than $12 million in utility assistance grants.

“The summer heat can be particularly challenging for many people, especially the elderly and those with health problems, said Katie Grayem, director of customer experience for AEP Ohio. “For many Ohio families, keeping the house cool during the hot summer months also can be an extremely challenging 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 AEP Ohio 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 $50,200 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made a sincere effort of payment of $75 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.

“AEP Ohio 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 AEP Ohio 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 AEP Ohio 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. Every dollar donated to the AEP Ohio 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.dollarenergyfund.org.

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