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Dollar Energy Fund announces changes in Charleston, WV

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CHARLESTON, WV -

Dollar Energy Fund is a utility assistance program that helps those dealing with difficult times, avoid the termination of their gas, electric and water service. Organizers hosted a news conference Thursday at the United Way in Charleston, WV.

As they enter in to their sixth year, they have helped over 20,000 households in West Virginia.

This month the group launched another year of helping people in need.  Limited income households with incomes at or below the 150-percent Federal Poverty Level and who have received utility termination notices are eligible to apply for funding.

According to a news release from the Dollar Energy Fund, because of the high demand for help with heating in the later months of winter, Appalachian Power will not offer grants for their customers until December 1. They will also reduce the dollar amount of the grants available to $300. Other participating utilities are already taking requests for help and will offer up to $500 grants.

The six utility programs that participate with the Dollar Energy Fund are Appalachian Power, Mon Power and Potomac Edison of FirstEnergy, Equitable Gas, Dominion Hope, Mountaineer Gas and West Virginia American Water.

If you would like to donate to the program you can mark the option on your monthly utility bill. You can also make donations online by following the link provided. You can also follow that same link to learn how to request help this winter.