In my household (and to be honest, it happens during most of the year and not just in the winter), one of us sits on the couch in a t-shirt and shorts while the other curls up under a blanket while wearing sweatpants, long-sleeved shirts and thick socks. I'm not going to name names, but I did just buy a three-pack of fuzzy socks at Costco last week. Almost daily, there is a "discussion" about the thermostat temperature and it's not always something that's agreed upon. And when the weather outside is as frightful as it has been lately, one of us (again, not naming names, but it rhymes with "Cody") is guilty of increasing the number on the thermostat by a degree or two when no one is looking.
Fortunately for us, we can afford to make small changes to the temperature in our home with little worry about the cost. Many families in our region aren't as lucky. A period of cold weather can result in a financial burden for families who are just getting by, have recently experienced a job loss, or are going through some other unfortunate situation that makes it difficult to afford safe and basic utility service. An increase in utility costs could force them to choose between heating their homes or providing food for their families. Or worse: resort to unsafe methods to heat their homes.
Some of these families will turn to Dollar Energy Fund for assistance, and I want to make sure funds are available to help keep them warm this winter. That's why I'm joinging Team Dollar Energy Fund in an effort to raise funds and awareness through the Cool Down For Warmth. On January 27 & 28, 2015, in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh, we will sit in a house made of ice until our team has reached it's fundraising goal. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar and 100 percent of the funds generated through the Cool Down For Warmth will be used to help local families maintain or restore basic utility services.
You can make a difference by donating today! Just click on that green "Donate" button you see on the right to get started. And, as you help others, you'll be helping me get out of that ice house.
Want to know more about the families who receive grants from Dollar Energy Fund?
80% are either working, retired or disabled. Many of them aren't eligible for government programs or other assistance and have very few places to turn for help with they need it. Often times, seeking a grant from Dollar Energy Fund is the first time they've ever asked for help from an assistance program.
87% of those who receive a grant do not apply for a grant the following year. Dollar Energy Fund's Hardship Program gets them the help they need and sends them on a path to self-sufficiency.
2 out of 3 households that have received a grant have children under the age of 18 residing in the home. So, your donation will help keep the kids warm!
I know I mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating: your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar and 100% of all the funds raised (donations and matching funds) will be used to help local families in need.
So, what are you waiting for? Please help by making a donation today!
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