Community Issues

KDKA Warmathon: Help Your Neighbors Stay Warm This Winter

The annual fundraiser for Dollar Energy, which helps thousands of our friends and neighbors avoid losing utility service, or get it turned back on.

Imagine what it would be like to have no heat in your home during the cold weather we've had this winter. 18,000 people in Pennsylvania don't have to imagine, because they're among the families that don't have utility service because they weren't able to pay their bills.

That's why KDKA radio is hosting their annual Warmathon to benefit Pittsburgh's Dollar Energy Fund, which helps keep people from losing utility service and assists those who already have. Marty Griffin asked to Dollar Energy's Chad Quinn why this "neighbor helping neighbor" event is so important: (refresh your browser if video doesn't appear)

During the two-day Warmathon (it ends Friday 2/15) you can call 888-745-1020 to make a donation or click here to donate on line. You can also bid on some really amazing items -- from a full-course dinner at the Carlton restaurant with Marty, Kristine and Wendy, to Pens and Pirates tickets and behind the scenes experiences.

"What we're asking people to do is help support that need in the community." Chad Quinn, CEO, Dollar Energy Fund

If you donate $180, you'll become a "neighborhood hero." Your $180, which is matched by the utility companies, is enough to fund the average grant ($360) that Dollar Energy makes to a family. "Help your neighbor get their service back on or prevent it from being disconnected," urged Chad. And there could be something in it for you: the names of every "neighborhood hero" will go into a drawing to win free utility service for a year.

Need help with your utility bill? Click here for a story we did in January that explains what to do if you're about to lose your service or have already been shut off, including who to contact. And here 's a story about a family who had the most extreme utility situation we've every seen. They had no power for 15 months before Sparkt and Dollar Energy got involved.

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