April 2010
WV Utility Assistance Program 
News & Updates! 
Check out the new look of the WV Utility Assistance Program Update! We look forward to sharing continued program updates, news and successes with you. 
Please forward this newsletter to anyone with an interest in the program.

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Program Demand up 81%
wv logoIn October 2008,The WV Utility Assistance Program an initiative of Dollar Energy Fund in partnership with  West Virginia's six major utility companies (Allegheny Power, Appalachian Power, Dominion Hope, Equitable Gas, Mountaineer Gas and WV American Water) began offering assistance to low-income West Virginia customers struggling to make ends meet. The West Virginia Utility Assistance Program provides utility assistance grants to low-income families throughout West Virginia. These grants help families maintain or restore safe electric utility service. 
Since program year two opened on October 1, 2009, demand for the program has dramatically increased by 81% versus this time last year. To date this year,  the WV Utility Assistance Program has helped more than 3,036 low-income West Virginia families maintain or restore safe utility service by providing over $782,626 in utility assistance grants! Utility funds still remain for eligible Appalachian Power and WV American Water customers. All applicants must meet income guidelines and other program requirements. Full program guidelines are available online (Check out the Quick Links section).
Our Agency Partners
Connecting with Clients
The WV Utility Assistance Program partners with over 60+ Community Based Organization sites throughout West Virginia. These dedicated agencies provide face to face application intake services to those in need of utility assistance. 
For many families, utility payment problems are not stand alone issues. Agency intake workers meet with applicants to walk them through the process and connect them to other services and resources that can address household challenges, such as food, transportation, clothing and employment. 
The dedication of our agency partners make a true impact in the lives of WV Utility Assistance Program clients. Dollar Energy Fund would like to thank all our our agency partners, for the important work they do for the WV Utility Assistance Program! Click here to find an agency partner in your area.
Support Your Neighbors in Need
Our utility partners match all donations to the WV Utility Assistance Program, doubling your contribution! In addition, 100% of your donation and the matching funds will be used to provide a utility assistance grant to a low-income West Virginia family struggling to make ends meet. 
You can support your neighbors in need in a couple ways:
  • Give thru your monthly utility bill.
  • Donate online at www.dollarenergyfund.org
  • Mail a check, payable to the WV Utility Assistance Program to:
    Dollar Energy Fund
    Box 3979
    Charleston, WV 25339
For additional information on the WV Utility Assistance Program, visit Dollar Energy Fund's website at www.dollarenergyfund.org. And, become a fan of the WV Utility Assistance Program on Facebook!
Kindest regards,
Danielle Snidow, Director
WV Utility Assistance Program