• 1983

    1983 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund founded – April 19, 1983, Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland – Beth Arenth appointed executive director with 3 employees

    • Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program distributes $397,200 to 1,218 households during its first year ($180,000 provided by our utility partners – Duquesne Light, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Peoples Natural Gas)


    • Operating budget was $444,951

    • The Add-A-Buck program began 24 community-based agency partners 

  • 1984

    1984 - 

    • Cindy Datig becomes executive director

  • 1985

    1985 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund’s office moved to Whitman Community Center in Oakland – 4 employees

  • 1986

    1986 - 

    • West Penn Power joined Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program

  • 1987

    1987 - 

    • Equitable Gas joins Hardship Program

    • More than $1 million in utility assistance distributed to households in Pennsylvania

  • 1988

    1988 - 

    • TW Phillips Gas & Oil became the 6th utility to partner with Dollar Energy Fund

    • The Affordable Energy Program, the first Customer Assistance Program (CAP) established as a pilot program to help customers of Duquesne Light Company – $500,000 fund provided $37,375 for Dollar Energy Fund through social enterprise

  • 1989

    1989 - 

    • Project Match, a pilot program with Peoples Natural Gas, became Dollar Energy Fund’s second CAP program

    • The Board Designated Reserve Fund established after $125,000 settlement funds from Bell of Pennsylvania

    • Dollar Energy Fund moved employees to West Penn Power’s Jeanette office to administer the Low-Income Payment & Usage Reduction Program and the Low-Income Usage Reduction Program

    • Entered into a contract with Allegheny Power to administer a Hardship Program for their low-income customers

  • 1990

    1990 - 

    • Pennsylvania American Water partners with Dollar Energy Fund to establish the H2O—Help to Others Program – first water utility to provide assistance program for limited-income customers

  • 1991

    1991 - 

    • Cindy Datig testified in front of Congress on April 18, 1991 supporting LIHEAP

    • Dollar Energy Fund’s third CAP program pilot established with Equitable Gas

  • 1992

    1992 - 

    • The PA Public Utility Commission began directing settlement funds to Dollar Energy Fund to support low-income utility customers

  • 1993

    1993 - 

    • The Pittsburgh Water Authority joined the Hardship Program – remained in program until 1995 – Dollar Energy Fund grew to eight utility partners

    • Dollar Energy Fund provided grants to those in need of deliverable fuels in 1993 and 1994

  • 1994

    1994 - 

    • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and West Penn Power establish CAP pilot programs with Dollar Energy Fund

    • Customer contributions topped $1,000,000 for the first time

  • 1995

    1995 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund was the recipient of Community Development Block Grant funding from both Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh 

  • 1996

    1996 - 

    • Roaring Creek Water joined the Hardship Program – remained a partner through 1997

    • Dollar Energy Fund’s offices moved to the Southside on 18th Street

  • 1997
  • 1998

    1998 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund moved employees to Allegheny Power’s Jeanette office to administer the Low-Income Payment & Usage Reduction Program and the Low-Income Usage Reduction Program

  • 1999

    1999 - 

    • The Hardship Program grows with the addition of Citizens Electric and Wellsboro Electric

  • 2000

    2000 - 

    • GPU Penelec and GPU Met-Ed, now both FirstEnergy companies, became a part of Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program

  • 2001

    2001 - 

    • Groundhog/Add-A-Buck campaign is launched

    • Dollar Energy Fund staff moves into the organization’s current offices at 15 Terminal Way

  • 2002

    2002 - 

    • Ellwood Electric became a utility partner by joining the Hardship Program – remained as a partner through 2004

    • The Dollar Energy Fund CARES Pilot Program was established

  • 2003

    2003 - 

    • PPL Gas joined the Hardship Program

    • iPartner created

  • 2004

    2004 - 

    • Launched iPartner©, a custom, web-based software solution to expedite application and granting process for the Hardship Program

    • Elizabethtown Water and Mt. Holly Water joined the Hardship Program for one year

    • Dollar Energy Fund recognized as a recipient of the People Do Matter Awards

    • Punxsutawney Phil, a partner in generating awareness for families in need of utility assistance, made an appearance at Dollar Energy Fund’s Annual Luncheon 

  • 2005

    2005 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund hosted a fashion show fundraiser

    • With 18 utility companies and 130 community-based partners, Dollar Energy Fund averaged more than $3,000,000 in utility assistance grants annually across Pennsylvania – approximately 12,000 households assisted annually

    • iPartner reporting capabilities added

    • Electronic fund transfers begin

  • 2006

    2006 - 

    • Introduction of document imaging

    • Created OSCAR Software to enhance workflow management for customer assistance programs

    • Columbia Gas of PA supports Dollar Energy Fund through a Trans-Siberian Orchestra fundraiser

  • 2007

    2007 - 

    • The Hardship Program in Pennsylvania added two utilities: Valley Energy and PennPower/FirstEnergy

    • The organization undergoes a rebranding – new logo and updated website – eliminating the previous branding of “$1 Energy Fund”

    • Started offering iPartner as a Software as a Service – Arkansas Energy Network was the first customer

  • 2008

    2008 - 

    • Established the West Virginia Utility Assistance Program with all of West Virginia’s major utility companies – Allegheny Power, Appalachian Power, Dominion Hope, Equitable Gas, Mountaineer Gas, and West Virginia American Water Company

    • Added multi-state transition to iPartner and updated security

  • 2009

    2009 - 

    • Established partnership with AEP Ohio to provide utility assistance through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

    • Dollar Energy Fund, with utility partner Appalachian Power, expands into its fourth and fifth states – Virginia and Tennessee

    • The first annual Warmathon held on February 12 & 13, 2009, on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA 

    • Inaugural Dollar Energy Fund Golf Classic held at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway, PA

    • Range Resources provides a $100,000 donation to Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program 

    • Dollar Energy Fund’s Terminal Way offices underwent first major expansion – additional office space and expanded call center to accommodate 70 employees

  • 2010

    2010 - 

    • Virginia American Water becomes Dollar Energy Fund’s second utility partner in the Commonwealth

    • Revamped iPartner to accommodate a single sign-in for users requiring multi-state program access

    • Launched feature for customers to receive call backs, reducing on-hold times

  • 2011

    2011 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund expands into Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas after establishing a partnership with SWEPCO to administer a Hardship Program 

    • Pennsylvania American Water partnered with Dollar Energy Fund to provide assistance program for wastewater customers

  • 2012

    2012 - 

    • Columbia Gas of Virginia and Old Dominion Power Company join the Virginia Utility Assistance Program

  • 2013

    2013 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund reached the milestone of distributing $100 million in utility assistance grants through its Hardship Programs, benefitting more than 350,000 limited-income households throughout eight states – August 13, 2013

    • Chad Quinn announced as Chief Executive Officer – August 29, 2013

  • 2014

    2014 - 

    • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Top Workplaces award was bestowed upon Dollar Energy Fund for having the top benefits among employers in the region

    • Entergy Arkansas becomes the second utility in Arkansas to partner with Dollar Energy Fund

    • California becomes the tenth state in Dollar Energy Fund’s service territory with the agreement to administer a Hardship Program for California Water Service Company

    • Kentucky American Water enters into a partnership with Dollar Energy Fund to provide an assistance program for limited-income water customers

    • Dollar Energy Fund website redesigned

  • 2015

    2015 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund enters into a partnership with Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to establish the Residential Homeowner Assistance Program to aid Pittsburgh homeowners in repairing non-compliant sanitary sewer connections on their property – January 23, 2015

    • Sarris’ Candies “Deflate-gate” football generates $20,000 in utility assistance – results in more than one million social media impressions for Dollar Energy Fund

    • Redesigned iPartner and OSCAR interfaces moved to mobile platform

    • Dollar Energy Fund became the presenting sponsor of the Pat Narduzzi Show – weekly broadcast featuring the Head Coach of the University of Pittsburgh’s Football Team

    • The Cool Down for Warmth fundraiser debuted in PPG Place with a 10’x10’ house constructed of ice and raised $135,000 over the two day event for local families – supporters sat in the house until they reached an individual or team fundraising goal

  • 2016

    2016 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund expanded into Connecticut through a partnership with the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority – twelfth state in Dollar Energy Fund’s service territory

    • ALCOSAN awarded a contract to Dollar Energy Fund to administer a customer assistance program to assist limited-income families with wastewater treatment costs – October 28, 2016 

    • The Dollar Energy Fund call center implemented text message communications – allows clients options/convenience

    • The Cool Down for Warmth moved to Market Square – raised $146,000 for limited-income families in the Greater Pittsburgh region

  • 2017

    2017 - 

    • Dollar Energy Fund and Clairton Municipal Authority partnered to establish an assistance program for water and sewage customers

    • Cool Down for Warmth added a Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting Challenge> – local restaurants donated soup for sampling in exchange for a donation

  • 2018

    2018 - 

    • PWSA partners with Dollar Energy Fund to administer its assistance programs

    • The 10th Annual Warmathon was held on February 15 & 16, 2018 – to date, the event raised more than $3 million, benefiting 8,500 households in the Pittsburgh region

    • Dollar Energy Fund introduced a new fundraiser, the Winter Warm Up Request-a-thon in partnership with iHeartMedia – the event broadcasted on January 3 & 4, 2018 on 94.5 3WS

    • The 4th Annual Cool Down for Warmth event raised more than $222,800, providing assistance for 640 families facing a cold winter without utilities – the event grew to include more partners and a larger 20’x50’ ice house structure

    • Established partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric in California to administer a Hardship Program

    • Dollar Energy Fund participates as a vendor at CS Week, an annual educational and customer service conference serving electric, gas and water/wastewater utility professionals

    • Dollar Energy Fund celebrates 35 years of helping our neighbors in need


3,912 Senior Citizen Households Assisted During Our 2018-2019 Program Year