Cool Down for Warmth” is back for another year! Presented by The Dollar Energy Fund, it helps to spread awareness and raise funds for local families in need of utility assistance. It’s easy to donate!

Local Families

There are so many families in need of utility assistance this winter. “Thousands of families across our region are dealing with a temporary financial crisis.” It’s hard to fathom.

This deals with people of all ages – “24% of grant recipient households have a senior citizen. Half of the households supported have children under the age of 18.” The good thing is that you can help!

Ice House in Market Square

In previous years, “Cool Down for Warmth” had an actual house made entirely of ice! It was in Market Square for a limited time this year.

The house has everything you would find in a normal home – table, chairs, toilet. It never failed to impress. I’ve seen it in person and will say that it’s really cool (sorry I couldn’t help it!).

On February 1st, KDKA-TV hosted a virtual event to “build awareness of the families who will go without heat during the harsh winter months, while attempting to raise money for utility assistance grants.”


You can help by submitting an online donation anytime!

“All donations will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies and 100% of the donations and matching funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants to local families in need through Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program.”

More information about Cool Down for Warmth is available online.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh has been writing for Made in PGH since 2018, where he writes about upcoming events. He’s a Point Park University graduate and teaches high school English. In his free time you’ll find him playing guitar and writing new songs.

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