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Struggling to afford your utility bill? Explore these options.

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.

Statement on COVID-19

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.

PENNSYLVANIA: PUC Prohibits Utility Terminations, Consistent with Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

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.

12th Annual Warmathon Gives Heat to 475 Local Families

Posted on: February 17, 2020

Warmathon

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!

Incentives Revealed for the 12th Annual Warmathon

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.

Warmathon

Cool Down for Warmth raises $315,000 to help families in need

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.

Cool Down for Warmth

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!

Cool Down for Warmth

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.

Cool Down for Warmth

Dollar Energy Fund’s Ice House Returns Larger in Size and With Many New Twists

Posted on: January 21, 2020

 

Cool Down for Warmth

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.

Counting down to the Cool Down

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.

 

Daily Giveaways

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.

 

Bowls for Warmth, presented by BNY Mellon

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!

 

Dollar-for-Dollar Match

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.

 

Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon Raises $109,869

Posted on: November 11, 2019

Through the combined effort of 3WS Pittsburgh and our supporters, the Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon raised $109,869 to benefit Dollar Energy Fund and our neighbors in need. The amount raised will provide utility assistance to more than 915 Pittsburgh neighbors during this cold winter.

Our third Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon took place on November 6 and 7, 2019. 94.5 3WS and Dollar Energy Fund teamed up to bring the community a fun way to help families in our region stay warm. Over the course of the two-day event, 3WS listeners took over the station with their song requests. In exchange for a donation, listeners could request any song and many were invited to talk live with the on-air talent Jonny Hartwell, Bonny Diver, Sheri Van Dyke, and Mike Frazer. A variety of donation incentives were also available during the event, such as autographed sports items, gift certificates and event tickets.

The success of our Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, including Secure Money Advisors, Metropolitan Window Company, CW Electrical Services, 84 Lumber, Conti Law, Flynn’s Tire & Auto Service, Oakmont Bakery, Caliente Pizza & Draft House, and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. All donations were generously matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners: Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company. In addition, our Neighborhood Hero donation incentives were provided by Total Sports Enterprises, Pittsburgh Penguins, Dormont Appliance, Wendell August Forge, Jones Turkey Farm, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. All of these businesses share Dollar Energy Fund’s mission for assisting the limited-income community and we thank them so much for their unwavering support over the years.

Dollar Energy Fund also wants to extend a big THANK YOU to the staff at 3WS and iHeart Pittsburgh. Their hard work brought this event to life as they rallied their listeners to help and we are so grateful for their generosity.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

If you’re interested in joining our efforts to keep Pittsburgh families warm, consider participating in our next fundraising event, Cool Down for Warmth on January 23 & 24, 2020.

Incentives Revealed for Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon

Posted on: November 5, 2019

Incentives

Our third Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon will take place on November 6 and 7, 2019. We’re gathering incentives to encourage people to request a song and donate to local, limited-income families who need help restoring or maintaining safe utility service this winter. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook before the Request-A-Thon begins so that you can stay up to date with rapid-fire incentives, guests and promotions throughout the two days.

Ways to Donate

Call 1-800-823-WARM at any time during the hours of the event (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 6 & 7) and a volunteer will assist you with your donation and submitting a song request.

Visit www.dollarenergy.org/requestathon to submit a donation and request via our secure, online donation portal.

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 winter heating season grant amount and is enough to keep the utility service on for a household in need during the winter. Your support at this level makes you eligible for donation incentives and your song request will jump to the top of our list.

Become a Neighborhood Hero and you’ll have the chance to win one of the following packages:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Package including a Mario Lemieux autographed puck, Sidney Crosby autographed framed print, a $100 gift card to the Pittsburgh Penguins store, and tickets to an upcoming Penguins game. (Courtesy of Total Sports Enterprises)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Package including a Troy Polamalu autographed custom jersey, Juju Smith-Schuster autographed replica helmet, a $100 gift card to the Pittsburgh Steelers store, and tickets to an upcoming Steelers game. (Courtesy of Total Sports Enterprises)
  • Cooking for the Holidays Package including a GE® 30″ Free-Standing Electric Convection Range and a $200 Giant Eagle gift card. (Courtesy of Dormont Appliance)
  • Seven Springs Package including an overnight stay at Seven Springs and lift tickets for two people.

All Neighborhood Heroes will receive a custom 3WS Christmas Ornament from Wendell August Forge, a delicious farm-raised turkey from Jones Turkey Farm, and a car pass to visit Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland (while supplies last).

 

The concept is simple: make a donation during the event, make a song request and listen to 94.5 3WS. Every effort will be made to play your song, but higher donation amounts will increase your chance of hearing your song in its entirety and enter you to win the incentives above. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our utility partners, which makes your gift go twice as far in helping those in our region who are in need of utility assistance this winter. Listen to 94.5 3WS during the event for details.

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