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Win the Ultimate Penguins Fan Experience

Posted on: February 26, 2019

Penguins

Dollar Energy Fund and the Pittsburgh Penguins are partnering once again to create the ultimate fan experience through our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle! We are giving away suite tickets to Fan Appreciation Night on April 6, 2019. Even better, one winner will be granted participation in the Shirts Off Our Backs selection process and guaranteed a trip down to the ice after the game to meet a player and receive an autographed, game-worn jersey.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Penguins fans! You can enter to win by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket from one of our kiosk locations inside PPG Paints Arena during select home games in March.

Five winners will each receive two tickets to a party suite for the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers game on Friday, April 6, 2019. During the game, we will select a grand prize winner for the Shirts Off Our Backs experience and the remaining four winners will each receive a Pittsburgh Penguins Prize Pack.

Raffle ticket entries will be available for purchase at kiosk locations inside PPG Paints Arena before and during Pittsburgh Penguins games on:

Thursday, March 7

Friday, March 16

Sunday, March 17

Friday, March 29

Sunday, March 31

Participants must fill out the entry form and complete payment for their raffle ticket entry for a chance to win. There is no limit to the number of ticket entries an individual may purchase. Click here for official rules. All proceeds support Dollar Energy Fund and benefit families in need with utility assistance.

The drawing will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Click here for information.

Jerseys for Warmth raises $53,000 for local families

Posted on: February 25, 2019

Jerseys for Warmth

The Jerseys for Warmth Charitable Action raised more than $53,000 to support Dollar Energy Fund and benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers in need of utility assistance. Peoples provided a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations and all proceeds will be used to help an estimated 150 local families maintain or restore basic utility service.

Over two dozen Pittsburgh Penguins game-worn jerseys from the team’s 4-0 victory on January 4, 2019, versus the Winnipeg Jets, were auctioned off online. Each jersey featured a commemorative patch authentication with the option to have the jersey autographed.

Three lucky fans bid on autographed mini-helmets and are invited to attend a team practice and a meet and greet on Wednesday, March 6th, where they will receive autographed merchandise and take photos with players.

Thanks to everyone who supported Jerseys for Warmth! Check back for more exciting fundraising efforts through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

430 Local Families Warmed Up by 11th Annual Warmathon

Posted on: February 18, 2019

The 2019 NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Warmathon to benefit Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $155,000 during the two-day event, which will help 430 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 14 & 15, 2019.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the hundreds of individuals who call in and support the Warmathon by making a donation,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer of Dollar Energy Fund. “We look forward to using the contributions from this year’s event to help our neighbors in need maintain or restore safe utility service this winter.”

Dollar Energy Fund’s partnering utilities, which includes Columbia Gas, 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 through 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 $25,000 in funding to match individual donations received during the two-day event. Additional corporate support was received from Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, MediConnect, Life Pittsburgh, Allegent Community Federal Credit Union, Jackson Lewis, Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Tevis Auto Service, Berger & Green Attorneys at Law, and Mike Camlin Hyundai of Greensburg.

Several local businesses provided items that were used to incentivize donors, including Air Pro Heating & Cooling, Totin’s Diner, The Carlton Restaurant, Sarris Candies, The Smallman Street Deli, Oakmont Bakery, Tambellini’s Restaurant and Betsy Ann Chocolates. In addition, Brueggers Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Azorean Cafe and Core Life Eatery provided food for our Warmathon call center volunteers and staff members.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, 100.7 STAR, KDKA-TV, hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway, and Marty Griffin for their continued support and promotion of the Warmathon.

More than 130 individuals became “Neighborhood Heroes” by making a donation of $180 during the event. 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, 9,500 local, limited-income families have benefited from the total of $3.12 million that has been raised since the first Warmathon in 2009.

Our less fortunate neighbors still need help. Please continue to support Dollar Energy Fund. To donate, mail a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, visit www.warmathon.com to make an online contribution, or text WARM to 50555 to have a $10 donation added to your wireless bill. Message & data rates may apply. Customers of participating utility companies may also make a monthly donation to the organization through their utility bill.

Follow us on social media for more updates on upcoming events!

Incentives Revealed for Warmathon

Posted on: February 13, 2019

As we get closer to the 11th annual Warmathon, we’re gathering more incentives to encourage people to call in and donate to local, limited-income families who need help restoring or maintaining safe utility service.

Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on February 14 & 15, and listen for your chance to win the following:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets
  • Co-host an hour of the Marty Griffin show
  • Air Pro Heating & Cooling High Efficiency Furnace
  • Air Pro Heating & Cooling Air Conditioning System
  • Chick-fil-A Prize Pack
  • Oakmont Bakery Wedding Cake
  • Pitt Press Box Experience
  • Sewickley Spa Gift Card
  • Pittsburgh Pirates VIP Experience
  • Restaurant Gift Cards to Cucina Bella, Tambellini’s, Carlton, Smallman Street Deli
  • Free Utility Service for a Year!

We’ll have many more surprise incentives 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 on rapid-fire incentives, guests and promotions!

11th Annual Warmathon on February 14 & 15

Posted on: February 6, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is warming up for the 11th Annual Warmathon on February 14 & 15, 2019. The Warmathon is a two-day radio/telethon from which all proceeds benefit local families in need of utility assistance. Since 2009, the Warmathon has raised more than $3 million to ensure that 9,125 local families did not have to face a winter without safe utility service.

Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on both days to learn more about Dollar Energy Fund and how you can assist Pittsburgh families in need. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by helping local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service.

 

Ways to Donate

Visit www.dollarenergy.org/donate to make a secure web donation and select Warmathon from the drop down box.

Call 1-888-745-1020 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to talk to one of our phone bank volunteers.

Text WARM to 50555 to donate $10 through your mobile phone bill.*

Mail a donation to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.

 

As usual, our partnering utility companies are giving a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations to Dollar Energy Fund and 100% of funds will be used to provide households in our region with utility assistance grants. We appreciate all of our generous sponsors for lending a helping hand in our efforts to ensure our neighbors will stay warm this winter.

Your donation will give you the opportunity to win great incentives, including concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, or a new heating/air conditioning system. Become a Neighborhood Hero by making a donation of $180, or pledging $15/month, and be entered for a chance to win free utility service for a year! Incentives will change throughout the event, so be sure to tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and follow Dollar Energy Fund on Facebook and Twitter for special promotions and giveaways.

Visit www.warmathon.com for more information.

 

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

Cool Down for Warmth raises $156,000 to help families in need

Posted on: January 31, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund raised $156,238 during its Cool Down for Warmth event on Jan. 24 and 25, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 447 Pittsburgh families and individuals 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.dollarenergy.org/donate.

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 Walter Bridges of Proforma, Morgan O’Brien of Peoples Natural Gas, Dave Spigelmyer of Marcellus Shale Coalition, Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, and FirstEnergy.

Duquesne Light’s Subzero Heroes team and Morgan O’Brien from Peoples Natural Gas both surpassed their initial goal of $10,000. Others showed their support by visiting the house and participating in our Bowls for Warmth event.

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’ Donuts Selfie Wall of Ice, Citizens Bank Ice ATM, Xfinity Ice Television, and the Dormont Appliance Custom Ice Kitchen. Attendees also received numerous giveaways from Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmicks, Eat’n Park and Pitt Basketball.

Many restaurants donated their time and resources to participate in the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, presented by BNY Mellon, including Bluebird Kitchen, Braddock’s Rebellion, Coughlin’s Law, fl. 2 at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Gateway Cafe, Harris Grill, Lidia’s, Market St. Grocery, McCormick & Schmick’s, Molinaro Ristorante, NOLA on the Square, OTB Bicycle Cafe, Primanti Bros., Revel + Roost, Sienna on the Square, The Smiling Moose, Social House Seven, Ten Penny, Twelve Whiskey Barbeque, and Vallozzi’s. Bowls for Warmth received a great response from the community, causing the event to bring in over $20,000 in donations. In addition, attendees voted for their favorite soup. The winner of the People’s Choice Award was Revel + Roost’s Mushroom and Bacon Bisque and Pennsylvania Beer Cheese Soup.

Dollar Energy Fund is grateful for the overwhelming support of our generous utility partners and sponsors, including UPMC, Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, FirstEnergy, Comcast Internet Essentials, BNY Mellon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Citizens Bank, Dormont Appliance, Metropolitan Club on the Square, Range Resources, Deep Well Services, Pitt Athletics, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmick’s, Eat’n Park, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 94.5 3WS, Proforma, Clark’s Studio, and SouthHillsAuto.com.

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 14 and 15.

Click here to view more event photos.

10 Reasons to Cool Down for Warmth

Posted on: January 14, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is hosting its 5th annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square on January 24 & 25. 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 10 reasons we think you should join us in the cold.

 

 1. Tour the Ice House

January 24 & 25: 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.

 

 2. We are Freezin’ for a Reason

Many community leaders and supporters will sit inside the ice house to reach their fundraising goal and raise awareness for the thousands of Pittsburgh families that entered the winter season without heat-related utility service. They are counting on you to contribute and help them “feel the warmth”! Click here to see who is participating.

 

 3. Dunkin’ Donuts Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 9 a.m.

Join us in Market Square before work to receive a coupon for a free hot coffee and donut, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, which is just a few steps away. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

4. Eat’n Park Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 10 a.m.

Who doesn’t love a smiley face cookie! Stop by a kiosk to receive a free cookie, courtesy of Eat’n Park. Cookies are only available while supplies last.

 

5. Selfie Ice Wall

If you didn’t take a selfie, did it really happen? We’ve got you covered. Dunkin’ Donuts has a photo booth set up inside the ice house. Grab your friends and receive a free digital photo.

 

 6. Bowls for Warmth, presented by BNY Mellon

January 24 & 25: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This popular event only happens once a year. You don’t want to miss it! More than 20 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. Restaurants include Harris Grill, NOLA on the Square, Social House Seven, Ten Penny and more! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soup options will be available. First come, first served. Soup is only available while supplies last. 

 

7. McCormick & Schmick’s Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 1 p.m.

Stick around Market Square after lunch to receive a coupon for a free appetizer, courtesy of McCormick & Schmick’s. You can also enjoy their homemade Clam Chowder during Bowls for Warmth. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

8. Chick-fil-A Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 2 p.m.

Did someone say FREE Chick-fil-A?!?! Visit one of our kiosks in Market Square to receive a coupon for a free sandwich, courtesy of Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

9. Pitt Basketball Tickets

January 25: 8:30 a.m.

Attention Pitt fans! Tour the ice house with Pitt football players and receive a pair of tickets to the Pitt v. Syracuse basketball game on February 2, 2019. Tickets are limited and only available while supplies last.

 

10. Dollar-for-Dollar Match

Do we even need to go on? Between the soup, free giveaways, and tickets, you’re basically making money while building awareness. But seriously, while your 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
  • Go to www.crowdrise.com/CoolDownForWarmth2019 to donate to an individual or team before or during the event

 

For more information about Cool Down for Warmth, visit www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2019.

 

 

Thank You to our Sponsors

 

Deck The Halls with Energy Savings

Posted on: December 7, 2018

The holidays are upon us and they usually bring sky-high energy bills. You might be looking to save a few extra bucks without skimping on the holiday cheer. Keep these tips in mind while decorating for the holidays:

Switch to energy-efficient LED lights

Incandescent holiday light strings might make you feel nostalgic, but that feeling will quickly disappear when you see your electric bill. Save money by using LED light strands. They are brighter, safer and use more than 70% less energy than traditional bulbs.

Limited hourly usage

Use timers for your indoor and outdoor decorations to automatically turn on when it gets dark and turn off in the middle of the night. Limit displays to 8 hours or less to save a bundle!

Get creative

Not all decorations need to be plugged in. Reflective ornaments and tinsel make the perfect complement to traditional string lights and create the shimmer and shine you were going for. Ribbons, wreaths and garlands are also great alternatives for indoor and outdoor decor.

Don’t be Clark Griswold

Relax! Don’t recreate the Griswold home from the 1989’s classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Be safe, have fun, but remember – the more you plug in, the more you pay.

Topgolf Fundraiser Recap

Posted on: December 5, 2018

Dollar Energy Fund’s Topgolf Fundraiser raised $12,210, including a dollar-for-dollar match from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, to benefit customers in need. The amount raised will provide gas assistance to approximately 35 households who are struggling to stay warm this winter.

We welcomed 80 golfers to Topgolf Pittsburgh in Bridgeville, PA on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The day started at 1 p.m. with registration. Golfers quickly set out to their bays to begin play. The staff at Topgolf worked diligently to provide golfers with drinks and instructions on how to play a variety of Topgolf games. Guests also enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet, networked with friends and won door prizes.

This event was made possible through a partnership with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. We are very grateful for their ongoing support in helping the community. Dollar Energy Fund also wants to thank everyone who helped with this fundraiser, especially our golfers who turned out to support their neighbors in need. Thank you to all of our event sponsors, including Bob Scullion & Associates, Pittsburgh Technical College, Enscoe Long Insurance Group, Mass Mutual Pittsburgh, Baron Heating & Air Conditioning, Kelly Services, Fort Pitt Capital Group, Burns White, AEC Group, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Aflac. 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 Topgolf Pittsburgh 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, or sign up for our monthly newsletter.

AEP Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program Accepting Applications for Winter Heating Assistance December 3

Posted on: December 3, 2018

Starting December 3, the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program will be accepting applications for utility assistance grants for the 2018-2019 winter heating 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 winter months can apply for financial assistance to maintain or restore their electric service.

This Fund is one of the largest of its kind in the country and may provide assistance once per program year (10/1/2018 – 9/30/2019) to families facing an immediate utility crisis. With help from the Neighbor to Neighbor Program, families in need can receive a grant, which is applied directly to their AEP Ohio account, to prevent disconnection from occurring or to restore their electric service. The program will accept applications from households seeking heating assistance on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30, 2019, while funds are available.

AEP Ohio and Dollar Energy Fund launched the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program in May 2009 and have helped more than 54,000 Ohio households with more than $13 million in utility assistance grants.

“The early period of winter weather we’ve experienced recently is a reminder of how Ohio winters can be brutally cold, very unpredictable, and extremely challenging for many people, especially the elderly and those with health problems,” said Katie Grayem, director of Customer Experience for AEP Ohio. “For many Ohio families, heating their homes during this time can also pose a difficult financial burden. Being a good community partner and neighbor is who we are and what we do, and we are committed to giving our neighbors, who may struggle to make ends meet, a helping hand to ensure their electric service stays connected.”

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 due on their AEP Ohio bill. Customers may apply for assistance through the Neighbor to Neighbor Program network of more than 120 Ohio community-based organizations. Full eligibility guidelines, a list of organizations accepting applications, and information on how to make a donation to the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor program are available at AEPOhio.com/helpaneighbor.

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

The 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. All matching funds and 100 percent of the donations assist limited-income families residing in Ohio to afford utility service.

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

In addition to AEP Ohio, Appalachian Power in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee started accepting applications on December 3. Full program guidelines can be found by visiting www.dollarenergy.org/need-help.

 


About AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio delivers electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of AEP’s subsidiary, Ohio Power Co., in Ohio. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP Onsite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

About Dollar Energy Fund, Inc.

Dollar Energy Fund was founded in 1983 and has grown to become one of the largest hardship funds in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization operating in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Maryland, Louisiana, Arkansas , West Virginia, Kentucky, California and Connecticut. Throughout its history, the organization has provided over $150 million in utility assistance grants to over 545,000 limited-income families and individuals.

All donations to the Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program, administered by Dollar Energy Fund, will assist limited-income families residing in Ohio. Additional information can be found on Dollar Energy Fund’s website, www.dollarenergyfund.org.

 

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