Posted on: July 1, 2020
The AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program is now accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2020 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 of up to $350 is available once per program year on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible account holders may apply from July 1- September 30, 2020, while funds are available.
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 250% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
For example, a family of four earning up to $65,500 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant and owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at https://www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/ohio/neighbor-to-neighbor-program.
COVID-19 Expanded Grants Available to Qualifying Customers
Due to the financial challenges individuals and families may be experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, AEP Ohio is expanding eligibility for its Neighbor to Neighbor Utility Assistance Program. Customers with a total gross household income of more than 250% but less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines are eligible for a one-time $120 grant. Qualifying AEP Ohio customers may apply from July 15 – August 14, 2020, while funds are available.
Customers must provide proof of financial hardship related to COVID-19 and have a past due amount on their electric bill.
Medical professionals who meet the income threshold may show proof of occupation rather than proof of coronavirus hardship, but must still have a past due amount on their electric bill to qualify.
Customers may only apply for assistance from either the Summer Cooling or the COVID-19 Expanded grants, but not both.
To limit face-to-face contact during this time, the COVID-19 expanded eligibility application is available online at https://www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/ohio/neighbor-to-neighbor-program.
“Many Ohioans may be facing significant and unprecedented economic challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we remain committed to supporting those in our community who need help,” said Katie Grayem, director of customer experience for AEP Ohio. “Being a good community partner and neighbor is a core commitment of AEP Ohio. Through the AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor program, we can help to ensure our customers, especially the elderly and those with health problems, can maintain their electric service during the summer months.”
“For more than 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 unexpected circumstances.”
Since AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009, more than $14.3 million in assistance has been granted to more than 60,000 Ohio households.
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 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.
Posted on: May 1, 2020
Due to the financial challenges individuals and families may be experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, AEP Ohio today announced it is extending availability of its Neighbor to Neighbor Utility Assistance Program to eligible AEP Ohio customers through June 30th.
Through a partnership between AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, and Dollar Energy Fund, the Neighbor to Neighbor Program supports families in need with a grant applied directly to their AEP Ohio account to prevent disconnection of, or to restore their electric service. Heating assistance is available once per program year on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible account holders may apply for assistance through June 30, 2020, while funds are available.
“We recognize the significant and unprecedented challenges that many of our customers may be facing with the COVID19 outbreak, especially those who have experienced an unexpected job loss,” said Katie Grayem, director of Customer Experience for AEP Ohio. “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 are struggling to make ends meet, a helping hand to ensure their electric service stays connected.”
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 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
For example, a family of four earning up to $65,500 per year is income-eligible for the program. Households must have made payments to AEP Ohio totaling at least $75 in the three months prior to applying for a grant and owe a minimum of $50 on their AEP Ohio bill. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at AEPOhio.com/helpaneighbor.
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, visit www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/ohio/neighbor-neighbor-program/.
Posted on: March 31, 2020
During this uncertain time, millions of families across the United States are facing unemployment and financial instability for the first time. Whether their financial stress is related to the COVID-19 crisis or other economic issues, Dollar Energy Fund is committed to remaining a resource for families in need. Our mission is more important now than at any other time in our 37 year history.
Contact Your Utility Company
This week, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) is urging households across the state to explore the many options available to help keep their monthly utility bills affordable.
Utilities are committed to working with consumers to address these challenging circumstances – but they need to hear directly from families and businesses who are experiencing problems so they can begin those individual conversations about what resources and options are available.
Although the PUC has temporarily paused payment-related utility terminations, it is important for consumers to understand that any past due bills or delinquent balances that remain after the current public health emergency has passed will be handled according to the rules of the individual utilities and consistent with Commission policy. Under this moratorium, your utility usage will continue to be collected by your utility company and you will be responsible for charges associated with your usage. It is important to work directly with your utility company to get a plan in place if you need assistance now, but it will also minimize future financial challenges when the emergency has passed.
Here are some tips and assistance options for families experiencing financial difficulties:
- Contact your utility company directly. Discuss your financial situation with your utilities before bills become delinquent. Many of our utility partners, along with their government oversight entities, are temporarily modifying their guidelines and policies to allow for leniency towards customers facing utility service terminations. If you did not qualify for CAP programs before, you may be eligible now. Your utility company will provide you with the latest information regarding how this situation effects their customers. Assistance options could include extended payment plans, budget billing, and hardship grants.
- Paying your utility bill is still required. If you are able, pay your bill in full and on time to minimize the chance of a future termination notice and other financial challenges once the pandemic is over.
- If you are unable to make your payment due to sudden loss of income related to COVID-19, please contact your utility company immediately.
- If your income has recently been reduced, utility companies encourage you to make a payment of any amount during this time.
- Apply for federal programs, such as LIHEAP. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. View LIHEAP guidelines for your state here.
- Explore energy conservation tips. More people are working remotely and spending their entire day at home. This can have a notable impact on your energy usage. Energy conservation and home weatherization should be a priority to keep utility bills affordable. Here are a few websites that can offer information and tips for saving energy:
Dollar Energy Fund
Dollar Energy Fund has taken steps to ensure our Hardship Program will continue, regardless of any concerns with limited staff resources or potential closures of our office. We have also initiated measures to ensure the continuity of the other services we provide, including enrollments in Customer Assistance Programs. Our organization is adjusting as we transition some of our employees to a work-from-home environment. Due to these changes, customers calling into our customer contact center may experience longer-than-normal wait times.
Ways to Help Your Neighbors in Need
With many facing uncertain financial situations, Dollar Energy Fund anticipates a significant increase in demand for our services in the coming months. If you are able to help, please consider making a contribution through our online donation portal or by adding a donation of one dollar or more to your monthly utility bill.
Posted on: March 18, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dollar Energy Fund is currently operating with limited staff resources and is adjusting to remote workforce arrangements, therefore, we anticipate longer than normal phone wait times for our customers. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Our mission to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services continues through this unprecedented time, and our goal is to remain as a resource for those who are struggling to afford basic utility service by offering our services to our neighbors in need.
With many facing uncertain financial situations, Dollar Energy Fund anticipates a significant increase in demand for our services in the coming months. If you are able to help, please consider making a contribution through our online donation portal or by adding a donation of one dollar or more to your monthly utility bill.
If you are currently without utility service, or if you have received a termination notice, please contact your utility company directly. Many of our utility partners, along with their government oversight entities, are temporarily modifying their guidelines and policies to allow for leniency towards customers facing utility service terminations. Your utility company will provide you with the latest information regarding how this situation effects their customers.
Posted on: March 17, 2020
Below is a press release shared by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on March 13, 2020. To view Dollar Energy Fund’s statement on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.dollarenergy.org/covid19. Please contact your utility company directly for the latest information regarding how this situation effects your account.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations. The moratorium will remain in place for as long as the Proclamation of Disaster, issued by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6 related to the Coronavirus, is in effect.
Under the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing a termination moratorium for utility services under the PUC’s jurisdiction is consistent with the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency and the requirements of the Public Utility Code. Under the order, terminations would be permitted in the event of a safety emergency.
“I believe that issuance of an emergency order is appropriate under the unique circumstances,” said the emergency order signed by Chairman Dutrieuille. “It is beyond argument that the provision of public utility service is necessary for the safety of the public. This is especially the case under the current challenges that resulted in the Proclamation of a pandemic emergency.”
Pursuant to the Commission’s regulations governing emergency relief, an emergency order will be issued only when there exists a clear and present danger to life or property or when the relief requested is uncontested and action is required prior to the next scheduled public meeting.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.
Visit the PUC’s website at www.puc.pa.gov for recent news releases and video of select proceedings.
Posted on: February 17, 2020
The 2020 Warmathon on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA raised more than $170,000 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. This amount will help approximately 475 limited-income households in the Pittsburgh area afford basic utility service. The Warmathon, a live, radio-based fundraising effort broadcasted from Entercom’s studios in Greentree, took place on February 13 and 14, 2020.
Dollar Energy Fund’s partnering utility companies, which include Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Peoples Natural Gas, Duquesne Light Company and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company, provided a dollar-for-dollar match for all individual and corporate donations received during the Warmathon. More than 40 volunteers were on hand to answer phones and accept donation pledges. In addition, several corporate sponsors contributed to the event’s success.
The Citizens Bank Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Warmathon, donated $30,000 in funding to match individual donations received during the two-day event. Additional corporate support was received from Jackson Lewis, Seneca Resources and Breathe PA.
Several local businesses and individuals provided items that were used to incentivize donors, including Air Pro Heating & Cooling, Dormont Appliance, Totin’s Diner, Longue Vue Club, Betsy Ann Chocolates, Carlton Restaurant, Sarris Candies, Smallman Street Deli, Oakmont Bakery, Matt Mertz Plumbing, Pittsburgh CLO, Cucina Bella, Richard Bazzy and Sewickley Spa. In addition, Brueggers Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Giant Eagle and Texas Roadhouse provided food for our Warmathon call center volunteers and staff members.
We would also like to extend a special thank you to the NewsRadio 1020 KDKA hosts Larry Richert, Marty Griffin, Lynne Hayes-Freeland, and Wendy Bell for their support and promotion of the Warmathon.
More than 140 individuals became “Neighborhood Heroes” by making a donation of $180 during the event, or pledging to donate $15/month for a year. A contribution at this level, once matched by the organization’s utility partners, is equal to the average grant amount provided by Dollar Energy Fund. These donors will be entered to win a credit on their utility accounts that will give them free service for a year.
With this year’s contributions, 10,000 local, limited-income families have benefited from the total of $3.29 million that has been raised since the first Warmathon in 2009. Thank you to every donor, volunteer, sponsor and utility partner who supported the Warmathon. With your help, we are able to help thousands of families in Pennsylvania each year.
Our less fortunate neighbors still need help. Please continue to support Dollar Energy Fund. To donate, visit www.dollarenergy.org/donate or mail a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Customers of participating utility companies can also make a monthly donation to their neighbors in need by checking the box on their utility bill.
Click here to view more photos from the Warmathon, and follow us on social media for updates on upcoming events!
Posted on: February 11, 2020
As we get closer to our 12th annual Warmathon, we are gathering incentives to encourage supporters to call in and donate to local, limited-income families who need help restoring or maintaining safe utility service this winter. Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on February 13 and 14, and listen for your chance to win the following:
- Totin’s Diner Gift Cards
- A Pittsburgh Pirates VIP Experience
- Air Pro Heating & Cooling Aprilaire System
- Rocky Bleier Autographed Merchandise
- Sewickley Spa Gift Card
- Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets
- Dinner with Wendy Bell and producer Brock Schneider at Longue Vue Club
- Santel Landscaping Gift Certificate
- Doobie Brothers Tickets
- Foreigner Tickets
- Motley Crue & Def Leppard Tickets
- Harry Potter In Concert Tickets at Heinz Hall
- Whirlpool 5.2 Cu. Ft. Wider Undercounter Beverage Center, courtesy of Dormont Appliance
We will have many more surprise incentives announced during the event. Be sure to follow Dollar Energy Fund on Twitter and Facebook before the Warmathon begins so you can stay up to date with rapid-fire incentives, guests and promotions throughout the two days.
Become a Neighborhood Hero
A donation of $180, made in installments of $15/month or with a one-time donation, will make you a Neighborhood Hero! A $180 donation becomes $360 in assistance once matched by our utility partners. This amount is equal to Dollar Energy Fund’s average heating grant amount and is enough to keep the utility service on for a household in need this season. Your support at this level will enter you in a drawing to win FREE UTILITY SERVICE FOR ONE YEAR!
Ways to Donate
- Call 1-888-745-1020 during the hours of the event and a volunteer will assist you with your donation. Phone lines will be active on Thursday, February 13 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, February 14 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Visit www.dollarenergy.org/donate to submit a donation via our secure, online donation portal.
All donations are matched by our generous utility partners. 100% of all donations and matching funds will go directly to provide utility assistance grants to local families in Western Pennsylvania.
Posted on: January 29, 2020
Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $315,000 during its Cool Down for Warmth event on January 23 and 24, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 877 families in Western Pennsylvania who are struggling to afford safe utility service this winter. Though the event is over, donations are still coming in! Those who wish to help local families in need may continue to donate online at www.crowdrise.com/CoolDownForWarmth2020.
Over the course of the two-day event, many supporters sat in Dollar Energy Fund’s giant ice house in Market Square to raise funds and awareness for the thousands of families in our region without heat-related utility service. Many individuals and teams exceeded their fundraising goals, including Morgan O’Brien from Peoples Natural Gas, Duquesne Light Company’s Subzero Heroes, FirstEnergy, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Dave Spigelmyer of Marcellus Shale Coalition, and Walter Bridges of Proforma. Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors Team also exceeded its fundraising goal with the help of members, Paul Atencio, Kyle O’Connor, Joseph Ott, Doug Papa and Michael McGrath. Others showed their support by touring the house and participating in our Bowls for Warmth event.
Morgan O’Brien from Peoples Natural Gas and his supporters quickly surpassed his initial goal and raised a stunning $85,000! Duquesne Light’s Subzero Heroes and their CEO Steve Malnight also surpassed their goal to raise a total of approximately $39,000.
During construction of the ice house and throughout the event, hundreds of downtown Pittsburgh employees passed through Market Square to see the house, take a tour and contribute to the event. Attendees also enjoyed the Dunkin’ Selfie Wall of Ice, Citizens Bank Ice ATM, Re/Max Select Realty Open House Sign, Dormont Appliance Custom Ice Kitchen, and the Ice Garage sponsored by Jim Shorkey Auto Group. Attendees also received numerous giveaways from Dynegy, Dunkin’, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmicks, Eat’n Park, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Pitt Athletics. New this year, our sponsor Dynegy kept our volunteers and ice house attendees warm with a Warming Tent!
Many restaurants donated their time and resources to participate in the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, presented by BNY Mellon. This year’s participating restaurants included The Apollo Cafe, Bluebird Kitchen, Braddock’s Rebellion, City Works, Coughlin’s Law, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Harris Grill, Las Velas, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, OTB Bicycle Cafe, Patti’s Pasticceria, Primanti Bros., Revel + Roost, Sienna on the Square, The Smiling Moose, Ten Penny, Union Standard, and Vallozzi’s. Bowls for Warmth received a great response from the community, causing the event to bring in an additional $25,000 in donations. After tasting, attendees voted for their favorite soup. The reigning champions, Revel + Roost, secured their spot once again as winner of the People’s Choice Award with their delicious Polenta-Beer Cheese Soup.
Dollar Energy Fund is grateful for the overwhelming support of our generous utility partners and sponsors, including Dynegy, UPMC, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, FirstEnergy, Peoples Natural Gas, BNY Mellon, Dunkin’, Citizens Bank, Brian Carothers with Re/Max Select Realty, Dormont Appliance, Jim Shorkey Auto Group, Fidelity National Title, Range Resources, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pitt Athletics, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmick’s, Eat’n Park, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 94.5 3WS, and Clark’s Studio.
On behalf of the limited-income households we will continue to assist this year, thank you to everyone who supported our event! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on future fundraisers, like our Warmathon taking place on February 13 and 14.
Click here to view more Cool Down for Warmth photos.
Posted on: January 21, 2020
For the 6th year, Dollar Energy Fund’s Cool Down for Warmth, powered by Dynegy, will return to Market Square on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24, to raise funds and awareness for those in our region who struggle to afford the cost of heat-related utility services. Dollar Energy Fund, a national leader in providing utility assistance to limited-income households, invites the community to visit the1,000 square-foot ice house, participate in the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, receive giveaways, and donate to support their neighbors in need between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. both days of the event.
The house, constructed by Mastro Gourmet Ice and made possible through sponsorships from Dynegy, UPMC, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Dunkin’ and Dormont Appliance, will be a multi-room, 20’x50’ ice structure and will include an attached garage containing a car from Jim Shorkey Automotive Group. Crews from Mastro Ice began construction of the house in Market Square on Monday, January 20, placing each ice block individually to form the interior and exterior walls, but preparations began in September as they started forming the 249 blocks needed to build the structure. Each block of ice weighs 300 lbs.
Visitors can see the Dormont Appliance kitchen, which will feature appliances and counters carved from ice, and a Citizens Bank Ice ATM will be located near the house entrance. There will also be a dining and living room area with a table and couch carved from ice. New this year, Brian Carothers of RE/MAX Select Realty will feature the ice house in a real estate listing and a carved-ice open house sign will be placed near the entrance.
The Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting presented by BNY Mellon will return this year from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days, with twenty local restaurants providing soup options. While supplies last, attendees will receive a cup of soup from their choice of three of the participating vendors and a bottle of water in exchange for a $10 donation. Bowls for Warmth patrons will also receive a Smiley cookie courtesy of Eat ‘n’ Park.
“We bring Cool Down for Warmth to Market Square to draw attention to the many households in this region who struggle to afford the basic costs of heat-related utility service,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer for Dollar Energy Fund. “Each year, this event serves as a way for us to spread the warmth to our neighbors in need. We encourage the community to support Dollar Energy Fund and this event by visiting the ice house, enjoying soup during Bowls for Warmth, and making a contribution to benefit this cause to ensure no one is at risk of facing a Pittsburgh winter without utility service.”
Both days, visitors may receive one of the many giveaways available, including gloves courtesy of Dynegy, a coupon for a free item from Dunkin’, an appetizer voucher from McCormick & Schmick’s, and Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon.
University of Pittsburgh fans are invited to tour the house on Friday at 12:00 noon when members of the University’s football team will be in the ice house to assist with distribution of a ticket giveaway for Saturday, February 5, when the men’s basketball team takes on Georgia Tech.
All coupons and giveaways will be available while supplies last.
Our “ice selfie wall” is sponsored by Dunkin’ and will be available each day for visitors to have a free photo taken inside the house.
iHeartMedia’s 94.5 FM 3WS will provide music daily between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and on-air personality Jonny Hartwell will be in Market Square.
Pittsburgh community members and business leaders, including teams from West Penn Power, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, Peoples Natural Gas, members of Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors and other supporters, will sit in the house during the event to raise funds for local families, children and elderly individuals in need. These individuals and teams will stay in the house until they reach a fundraising goal, which then allows them to get out and “feel the warmth.”
Throughout the event, donation boxes will be available for visitors to contribute financially to families in need. Contributions can also be made online at www.crowdrise.com/CoolDownforWarmth2020 or by texting COOLDOWN to 41411. All proceeds will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from Dollar Energy Fund’s partnering utility companies, which include Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, Peoples Natural Gas and West Penn Power, A FirstEnergy Company. Funds collected will go directly to support local families who are struggling to restore or maintain basic utility service.
Additional event details and a full event schedule is available at www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2020.
Since the first Cool Down for Warmth in 2015, $840,000 has been raised to benefit more than 2,400 households in western Pennsylvania.
Posted on: January 17, 2020
Dollar Energy Fund is hosting its 6th annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square on January 23 & 24. The giant ice house is much more than a “cool” sculpture. Our goal is to raise awareness and funds for local families struggling to afford their heating bills this winter. We have a lot going on during the two-day event, so we put together some reasons we think you should join us in the cold.
Tour the Ice House
January 23 & 24: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A massive 1,000-square-foot ice house will be constructed in Market Square. The house will be made entirely from ice and feature a garage, living room, kitchen and bathroom. Everyone is welcome to tour the ice house.
We are Freezin’ for a Reason
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Cold Weather Survey has revealed that more than 18,350 PA households entered the winter season without heat-related utility service or using unsafe heating sources. Many community leaders and supporters will sit inside the ice house to reach their fundraising goal and raise awareness for these Pittsburgh families in need. They are counting on you to contribute and help them “feel the warmth”! Click here to see who is participating.
Visitors have the chance to receive a variety of giveaway items during both days of the Cool Down for Warmth event, including coupons from Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Giveaways are only available while supplies last. Tour the ice house and visit an information kiosk in Market Square to request your free item.
Dynegy Warming Tent
New this year! After you cool down, make sure you warm up in our Warming Tent, powered by Dynegy. You will also receive a pair of free gloves, while supplies last.
Selfie Ice Wall
If you didn’t take a selfie, did it really happen? We’ve got you covered. Dunkin’ has a photo booth set up inside the ice house. Grab your friends and receive a free digital photo.
January 23 & 24: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This popular event only happens once a year. You don’t want to miss it! Twenty local restaurants participate in a soup challenge, serving cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd in Market Square. Tickets will be sold for $10 and attendees get to sample three soups from participating vendors and vote for their favorite. Attendees will also receive a bottle of water and an Eat’n Park Smiley cookie, with the purchase of a ticket. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soup options are available. First come, first served. Soup is only available while supplies last. Click here to view the list of vendors and soups.
Pitt Basketball Tickets
January 24 only: Noon
Attention Pitt fans! Tour the ice house with Pitt football players and receive a pair of tickets to the Pitt v. Georgia Tech basketball game on February 5, 2020. Tickets are limited and only available while supplies last.
Music from 3WS Radio
Our friends at 3WS will be on site throughout the event. Tune in to 94.5!
Do we even need to go on? Between the ice house, soup tasting, and free giveaways, you’re basically making money while building awareness. But seriously, while you’re cooling down with us, consider making a donation to help your neighbors in need. Whether you’re downing bowls of soup, touring the ice house or just have a few extra dollars in your pocket. All donations from this event will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies: Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, FirstEnergy and Peoples Natural Gas. 100% of all donations and matching funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants to local families in need through Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program.
- Visit a kiosk in Market Square during the event to make a cash or credit card donation;
- Text COOLDOWN to 41411 to receive a mobile donation link; or
- Go to www.crowdrise.com/CoolDownForWarmth2020 to donate to an individual or team before or during the event.
For more information about Cool Down for Warmth, visit www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2020.