PITTSBURGH - The fifth-annual Warmathon, a two-day broadcast from the KDKA-AM studios to support Dollar Energy Fund's Hardship Program, will be held from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 7 and 5 a.m. to midnight Feb. 8.
Donation incentives will be announced throughout the broadcast.
The hardship program helps low-income families maintain or restore basic utility service.
"No one should have to face a winter without utility service, but the unfortunate reality is that many local families are struggling to afford the monthly cost of safely heating their homes," said Cindy Datig, Dollar Energy Fund chief executive officer. "The Warmathon provides an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors during the coldest months. Every donation will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies and all funds will be used to directly benefit individuals, senior citizens and families in need of assistance."
Those wanting to make a donation may do so by calling (888) 745-1020, visiting www.warmathon.com or mailing a check to P.O. Box WARM, Pittsburgh, PA 15230.
Local utilities, including Columbia Gas, Peoples Natural Gas, Duquesne Light, Equitable Gas and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy company, along with area corporations, small businesses and volunteers, are joining NewsRadio KDKA-AM and Dollar Energy Fund in this effort.
The event has raised more than $1.15 million since 2009 and more than 3,500 low-income families in the region have benefited.
Since 1983, Dollar Energy Fund has helped low-income families and senior citizens on fixed incomes maintain or restore utility service through emergency assistance, payment counseling and weatherization. Dollar Energy Fund Inc. is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
The Warmathon broadcast will be available at 1020-AM on the radio dial and online at www.KDKAradio.com. Additional giving opportunities will be announced on KDKA-FM, "The Fan."