By Jessica Berardino

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – This year, the NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Warmathon to benefit Dollar Energy Fund raised $300,424.

That’s enough money to assist approximately 835 local, low-income families.

Since it’s creation in 1983, the non-profit organization has helped more than 375,000 families.

KDKA joined the cause in 2009 with their first Warmathon with the purpose to help a worthy cause. Since they’ve begun, 5,300 local families were helped by the total of $1.9 million raised through the years.

Chad Quinn is the chief executive officer of the Dollar Energy Fund. He has dedicated his life’s work to helping those who need it.

He says, “It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up.”

To receive help, you first need to contact your provider and let them know. Quinn recommends instead of hiding the bill in your junk drawer, you should call the Dollar Energy Fund and let them help you. He adds that they can break down the bill in to payments that can help you pay it off.

Now, sometimes the bill is simply too much to handle for your family. Some of our hosts even commented about how families will choose between gas, electric, food and medicines all to save a couple bucks. Quinn doesn’t want you to do that, he wants to help.

The Dollar Energy Fund has partnered with Columbia Gas, People’s Natural Gas, Duquesne Light and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company to match dollar-for-dollar to the amount that is raised. There were also more than 100 volunteers answering our phones in the Metropolitan Windows Call Center to take donations.

Additional support was received from Range Resources, Highmark, First National Bank, MSA Safety, BDO USA, Westfield Insurance, Treasure Hunt, Terry’s Plumbing and Metropolitan Windows.

Please continue to support the Dollar Energy Fund my mailing a check to: PO Box WARM, Pittsburgh PA 15230 or visit

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