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  1. Year in Review: 2018-2019

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    Dollar Energy Fund kicks off a new program year this week. Before we move on to the excitement of a new year, let’s take a moment to remember the accomplishments we shared together this past year. Our success would not be possible without the constant support from all of our partners, agencies, donors, staff, board members, community leaders, businesses and more. By sharing Dollar Energy Fund’s dedication and passion for helping your neighbors in need, you have allowed us to continue our work for more than 36 years. Here are some highlights from the 2018-2019 program year (October 2018 – September 2019):

    November

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

    January

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

    February

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

    March

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

    April

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

    May

    2018-2019

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

    June

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

    July

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

    August

    • 2018-2019Dollar Energy Fund celebrated National Popsicle Day on August 26, 2019, by passing out popsicles in downtown Pittsburgh to raise awareness on the need for utility assistance in our region.
    • Once again this season, Dollar Energy Fund continues its partnership with Pitt Athletics by sponsoring the Pat Narduzzi Show. We are giving away a weekly VIP package to the show to those who like or follow us on social media. The contest will run until November 27, 2019.

    September

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

    With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2019-2020 program year. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by ensuring local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service and get on a path to self-sufficiency. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation before the end of the calendar year. If you would like to get involved during this program year, subscribe to our email newsletters to stay up-to-date on our latest fundraising campaigns.

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

  2. Looking Back: 2018-2019 Mid-Year Review

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    Dollar Energy Fund is halfway through a successful 2018-2019 program year. Take a look at what we have accomplished during the past six months, with the help of our staff, utility partners and supporters.

    November

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

    December

    • In December, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosted a fundraiser in partnership with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A portion of every Pittsburgh ticket sold was donated to Dollar Energy Fund, totaling more than $11,200.

    January

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

    February

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

    March

    • Through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, we hosted a variety of fundraisers this season to expand our reach and awareness in the community. Our Jerseys for Warmth Auction raised more than $53,000 to benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers in need. In March, our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle raised nearly $8,000, including a match from our utility partners.
    • This year, Dollar Energy Fund started contracts with many new utility partners. We now administer programs for Pacific Gas & Electric, West View Water Authority, and Maryland American Water.
    • Most importantly, Dollar Energy Fund has distributed over 10,700 grants, totaling more than $3 million across the country since October 1, 2018.

     

    With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2018-2019 program year. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by ensuring local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service and get on a path to self-sufficiency. If you would like to get involved during this program year, subscribe to our email newsletters to stay up-to-date on our latest fundraising campaigns. We have many more fundraising opportunities coming up this summer, including our Fishing for a Cause tournament and Golf Classic.

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

  3. Upcoming Winter Events

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    Dollar Energy Fund is preparing for a busy giving season! While our goal is to raise funds to help thousands of families who are struggling to afford their utility bills, we like to offer fun and exciting events so our donors can share in the joy of helping others.

    A recently released report by the National Energy Assistance Directors Association shows that consumers will likely pay record prices to heat their homes this winter. While some of us prepare to face the imminent winter weather with tire changes and flu shots, many of our neighbors are worried about keeping their homes warm and safe for their families. Please consider participating in one of our upcoming events and together we can make a difference in the lives of many this winter.

     

    Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kick-Off Reception

    November 8, 2017 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Hearth & Home Furnishings in Zelienople

    Hearth & Home Furnishings and Peoples are teaming up for the 9th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign to help local, limited-income households maintain or restore basic gas utility service. The kick-off reception will feature raffles, music, food, beverages, a silent auction and more! Following the reception, Hearth & Home Furnishings will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program. Peoples will match the donation and all funds will be used to help limited-income families in Southwestern Pennsylvania stay warm this winter. For event & ticket information, visit:

    www.dollarenergy.org/warmyourhearth2017/

     

    Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

    November 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018 at Big Butler Fairgrounds

    Every year, Shadrack’s spreads Christmas cheer in Butler County by hosting a spectacular drive-through light attraction at Big Butler Fairgrounds. This winter, Dollar Energy Fund is proud to be the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Bring your family, join the fun and support our mission of helping limited-income families this winter. For event & ticket information, visit:

    shadrackchristmas.com/pittsburgh-pa

    Click here for a $2 Off Admission coupon!

     

    Help Duquesne Light #PowerItForward!

    November 17, 2017 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    Duquesne Light Company is bringing its Larger than Light mentality to life for a second year in a row this holiday season by asking Pittsburghers to #PowerItForward. During the 24-hour fundraiser, Duquesne Light will donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund for every social media engagement captured. Additionally, you can donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund by texting POWER to 50555.

    www.dollarenergy.org/help-duquesne-light-poweritforward

     

    Vineyard Vines In-Store Event

    November 30, 2017 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Vineyard Vines inside Ross Park Mall

    Vineyard Vines is holding a “10/10 Event” to benefit Dollar Energy Fund. All shoppers will receive 10% off their purchase and Dollar Energy Fund will receive 10% of all sales.

     

    Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon

    Tune in on January 3 & 4, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. on 94.5 3WS 

    Dollar Energy Fund is partnering with iHeartMedia for a Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon, a two-day radio event to raise funds for families struggling to stay warm this winter. In exchange for a donation, listeners can make song requests on 94.5 3WS throughout the two days. Donation incentives will also be offered to donors, such as tickets, gift cards and more!

    Stay tuned for more information.

     

    Cool Down for Warmth

    January 25 & 26, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh

    Dollar Energy Fund will be hosting its 4th Annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square at the end of January. A house of ice will be constructed in the center of Market Square and participants will stay inside the house until they meet their fundraising goal. As always, all donations will be matched. The event will also feature live music, radio broadcasts, and the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting Challenge. For more event information and to find out how you can participate, visit:

    www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2018

     

    Warmathon

    Tune in on February 15 & 16, 2018 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and 100.7 STAR

    Dollar Energy Fund and KDKA are currently planning the 2018 Warmathon, a two-day radio/telethon event on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA. The Warmathon has raised approximately $2.99 million and helped more than 8,695 families over the past 9 years. The Warmathon will ask listeners to make contributions by calling into the studio-based call center, donating online, or texting a keyword to give. The two-day event will feature many incentives, including the annual dinner with Bishop David Zubik. Donations in support of the Warmathon will make sure families and seniors in our area don’t have to face the winter without utility service.

    www.warmathon.com

     

  4. In case you missed it: November Business Social

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    Dollar Energy Fund hosted a November Business social Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at the Vibe inside the Meadows Racetrack and Casino. From 6 to 8 p.m., many of Pittsburgh’s business owners, executives and professionals gathered to mingle and learn about Dollar Energy Fund’s upcoming fundraisers.

    The Meadows provided an excellent spread of passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet parking, while Dollar Energy Fund hosted an open bar. Guests brought co-workers and friends along for the evening so that they could learn about Dollar Energy Fund’s mission.

    During the event, Chad Quinn, CEO of Dollar Energy Fund, shared a video about the struggles our limited-income neighbors face each winter. Event attendees were moved by the video’s real portrayal of many families who will go without safe utility service during the cold months. Many individuals or families must make difficult choices between food, vital medications or heat. The sobering message was lifted with an opportunity to help.

    Dollar Energy Fund produced and shared a second video about our upcoming Cool Down for Warmth. The second annual fundraiser will be even bigger than last year’s, and we hope that everyone who attended will consider participating in the unique January fundraiser.

    Thank you to all who attended. We hope to see you this winter in the ice house!

2,786 Service Restorations During Our 2019-2020 Program Year