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PGW BEGINS 'SHARE YOUR WARMTH' PROGRAM FOR THOSE IN NEED

 PGW BEGINS 'SHARE YOUR WARMTH' PROGRAM FOR THOSE IN NEED
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is beginning a special program for its low-income customers this month.
 Called "Share Your Warmth," the program gives PGW customers three options to help needy customers pay their utility bills.
 Approximately 30 percent of PGW's 520,000 customers are low-income or in near-poverty status. Finding ways to help these customers pay their utility bills has long been a prime concern of PGW.
 In order to expand the work done by the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) and meet the increasing demand for more energy assistance, PGW began its "Share Your Warmth" campaign by outlining three ways in which PGW customers can give to help those in need keep their utility service on, especially during the cold winter months.
 Through the new "Share Your Warmth" program, customers can contribute to UESF using any one of the following options:
 -- DollarPLUS: adding exactly $1 to the amount due on the monthly gas bill;
 -- One-time Donation: making a one-time donation payable to UESF;
 -- Monthly Pledge: having a set dollar amount added to monthly gas bills.
 Contributions are tax-deductible and will be matched dollar-for- dollar by PGW, doubling the amount of assistance available for needy families and individuals.
 Last year, PGW customers contributed more than $80,000 to UESF by adding $1 to their monthly gas bill payments.
 "Many of our customers have wanted to give donations in a number of different ways," said Alfred P. Degen, PGW's executive vice president. "Hopefully, this expanded format will be to their liking and achieve the basic UESF mission of helping others."
 Since it began in 1983, UESF has helped nearly 56,000 households (or more than 165,000 individuals) with more than $24 million in assistance to help pay utility bills. UESF only assists those households that are at or below the poverty level.
 PGW was one of the originators of the UESF mission, along with the Philadelphia Electric Company and the Philadelphia Water Department -- forming the utility consortium that matches private contributions dollar-for-dollar when assistance is distributed to customers in need.
 "Our relationship with UESF spans nearly a decade and has helped so many people maintain their utility service ... and their heat," said Degen. "And with energy aid from Washington being threatened each year, the need for a stronger UESF is more important than ever."
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 /Editors: A camera-ready copy of the application being mailed to PGW customers in gas bill inserts is available./
 /CONTACT: Anthony DiTommaso, 215-684-6022, or Audrey Dean, 215-684-6622, or after hours, 215-235-2050, both of Philadelphia Gas Works/ CO: Philadelphia Gas Works; Utility Emergency Services Fund ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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