Households with limited income are eligible for help with their utilities this winter. The Dollar Energy Fund is offering assistance grants for gas, electric and water bills during the 2012-2013 heating season. To donate or apply for assistance, visit www.dollarenergyfund.org.
Here’s the press release from Dollar Energy Fund.
[Charleston, WV] Dollar Energy Fund will begin providing utility assistance grants for the 2012-2013 heating season on Monday, October 1. Limited income households throughout Virginia will be able to apply for utility assistance for gas, electric and water bills.
“Times are tough for many of our neighbors right now,” says Danielle Snidow, Dollar Energy Fund’s VA Director. “Many Virginia senior citizens and families are struggling to make ends meet and just need a little bit of temporary help.” Since 2009, Dollar Energy Fund has helped almost 6,000 Virginia households maintain or restore basic gas, electric and water utility service by providing assistance grants applied directly to their utility bills. “Last year, we helped over 2,300 households restore or maintain utility service. This assistance impacted more than 7,000 adults, seniors and children across the state,” added Snidow. “Many of these families were asking for help for the first time due to unemployment or other issues that affected their household budget.”
Dollar Energy Fund now partners with four utility companies across Virginia, including Appalachian Power, Columbia Gas of Virginia, Old Dominion Power and Virginia American Water, to administer the Hardship Program. The organization is funded by private contributions matched dollar for dollar by utility companies. “Dollar Energy Fund’s success is built from neighbors helping neighbors and we hope those who can will pitch in to assist people who have made a sincere effort to pay their utility bills, but are truly in need,” says Snidow.
The organization’s network of over 60 Community Based Organizations will begin taking Hardship Program applications October 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until funds are depleted. Eligibility criteria vary by utility partner. Full eligibility guidelines and application instructions can be found at www.dollarenergyfund.org.
Utility customers are able to contribute a dollar or more to the Dollar Energy Fund through their monthly utility bill. Direct donations can also be made online at www.dollarenergyfund.org or by sending a check to Box 3979, Charleston, WV 25339. All donations to the Dollar Energy Fund are tax deductible and will be matched by partnering utility companies.
For more information about Dollar Energy Fund and how to apply to the Hardship Program or donate to the organization, visit www.dollarenergyfund.org.
About Dollar Energy Fund, Inc.
Dollar Energy Fund was founded in 1983 and has grown to become the largest hardship fund in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States. Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization in the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1983, the organization has provided over $92 million in utility assistance grants to more than 324,000 limited income families and individuals. The organization also assists limited income households in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana. Individuals interested in contributing to Dollar Energy Fund can do so through their utility bills, by sending donations directly to Box 3979, Charleston, WV 25339 or through the organization’s website. Additional information can be found on Dollar Energy Fund’s website, www.dollarenergyfund.org.