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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
The Fuel Fund of Maryland said BGE customers will now be able to donate money online to help residents who can't afford their energy bills. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which sends out Fuel Fund envelopes with its bills in December and January, will now also offer a "virtual envelope" for customers who pay their energy bills online. The Fuel Fund said fundraising has been slow this year. As a result, the funds it has put toward low-income residents' energy bills have dropped 25 percent compared with last year.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Dina Kuniken lives in a drafty old house in Baltimore that costs a lot to heat in a normal winter — and this past winter was not normal. Her bill doubled. The nursing assistant was out of work at the time and couldn't afford it. Last month, she scraped together $1,650, got help from the city and Catholic Charities to pay the difference, and finally erased the past-due amount that could have left her and her two children without power. "They got my bill down to zero, and I'm very thankful," said Kuniken, 29. Many are still trying to get to that point.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | July 16, 2000
The Fuel Fund of Maryland may help provide one type of energy assistance to needy families, but this particular morning, it was providing another type to some of its most stalwart supporters. About 100 guests gathered at the Holiday Inn Select in Timonium for the fund's Annual Breakfast. As they shared a hot morning meal together, they also honored local investment celeb Julius Westheimer and several Fuel Fund volunteers for their charitable efforts. Among those at this energizing get-together: Victorine Q. Adams, Fuel Fund founder and honorary board chair; Donna Morrison, event chair; Bill McLennan, board president; Bob Geis, Rebecca Biggers and Jane Christie, board members; Mary Ellen Vanni, Fuel Fund executive director; Erla McKinnon and Joanne Bowman, honorees; Harold Gordon, president of the Victorine Q. Adams (Baltimore City)
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Winter finally seems to be winding down, but a Howard County-based program is still working to help families cut down on energy bills this year and in the future. The Weatherization Assistance Program, run by the Community Action Council of Howard County, recently received grants worth $819,000 from the Maryland Energy Administration, according to program officials, and will add those funds to its existing program to help families curb energy bills. Gary Christopher, director of the weatherization program, said the state grants are earmarked for specific outreach efforts - $90,000 for weatherization projects in Howard County; $500,000 for work in specific moderate-income housing developments; and the remainder for projects in neighboring Carroll, Anne Arundel and Frederick counties.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | March 10, 2002
Salsa was everywhere inside Port Discovery. It could be found on the buffet table, along with other Mexican food like empanadas, quesadillas, guacamole and Spanish rice. Salsa was also all over the makeshift dance floor set up in the children's museum entrance hall, as teachers Grace Gonzales and Antonio Delgado instructed folks in that style of Latin dancing. After all, what else would you expect of the Fuel Fund of Maryland's "Salsabration II?" "Ladies, there are three rules to salsa," Grace announced to her assembled pupils, "Number one, men lead."
SPORTS
February 15, 1994
Patterson High will take the place of Broadneck as No. 4 Lake Clifton's opponent in the 5 p.m. boys basketball matchup of tomorrow's Fuel Fund Classic at the Baltimore Arena. The game is the makeup for the Feb. 11 league game which was postponed because Baltimore City schools were closed because of inclement weather. No. 11 Broadneck was forced to pull out of the tournament because it would have given the Bruins, who play three Anne Arundel County league games this week, a fourth game if they were to play Lake Clifton.
FEATURES
By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Staff Writer | June 16, 1992
Volunteers will be honored Thursday evening by the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland (FFCM) at its annual meeting and dinner.The recognition is for the service volunteers give to FFCM, which provides financial help to low-income households for heat and other basic needs. FFCM is the umbrella organization of affiliates in Baltimore City and in Baltimore, Harford, Carroll, Anne Arundel and Howard counties.Ellen Lockard, FFCM executive director, explains that ''in a low-income household when the utility is being cut off or the oil tank is empty, the fuel fund will help.
NEWS
January 19, 2003
The Harford County Community Action Agency will sponsor a chili dinner to benefit the Harford County Fuel Fund from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Churchville Presbyterian Church, at routes 22 and 136. Snow date is Feb. 8. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children younger than age 12 for buffalo chili, venison chili and a variety of other hot and mild blends, cornbread, peach cobbler and beverage (fruit drink or coffee). Take-out orders are available. For tickets and information: 410-638-3240 or 410-734-7934.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | November 2, 1992
Temperatures are dropping and the Howard County Fuel Fund is empty.The fund, administered by the non-profit human services organization Community Action Council, provides once-a-year emergency grants to help people pay their utility bills.For the first time in its 12-year history, a record number of requests for help have depleted the fund, which depends on private donations for most of its grant money."There's been an extraordinary demand," said Ray Gosselin, Community Action Council's director of programs.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer | February 13, 1994
The Fuel Fund Classic will be played Wednesday at the Baltimore Arena, but without the scheduled boys basketball matchup between No. 5 Lake Clifton (12-5) and No. 12 Broadneck (12-3).State and Anne Arundel County rules prevent Broadneck from playing Lake Clifton."We're trying to find another team to play Lake Clifton, but we're not optimistic," said Joni Scholwin, chairman of the planning committee. "If we don't come up with an opponent for Lake Clifton, we will go with four games."The girls games are No. 3 St. Mary's (16-2)
NEWS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Monday that it had launched a new program that allows customers to make a tax-deductible monthly donation to the Maryland Fuel Fund, which helps low-income families with bill assistance and energy conservation. Under the new Dollar Donation Fund, BGE customers can elect a monthly amount - $1, $2, $5 or $10 - to give to the Fuel Fund. The utility will add that amount to the bill and when customers make a full payment, BGE will forward the contribution to the Fuel Fund.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
The Fuel Fund of Maryland said BGE customers will now be able to donate money online to help residents who can't afford their energy bills. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which sends out Fuel Fund envelopes with its bills in December and January, will now also offer a "virtual envelope" for customers who pay their energy bills online. The Fuel Fund said fundraising has been slow this year. As a result, the funds it has put toward low-income residents' energy bills have dropped 25 percent compared with last year.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2011
Terence Kennedy, a financial consultant and adjunct faculty member of Stevenson University, died Aug. 12 of heart failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 73. The son of a construction worker and a telephone operator, Mr. Kennedy was born and raised in Jersey City, N.J., where he graduated in 1956 from St. Peter's Preparatory School. After attending college for two years, he enlisted in the Army in 1959, where he attained the rank of specialist working in communications.
NEWS
March 12, 2011
In addition to the reductions cited in The Sun's article on the effects of federal budget cuts to Maryland families ("Federal cuts loom in Md. " March 6), the $2.5 Billion in proposed cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) means a threat to the well-being of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. The Fuel Fund of Maryland is supported by individual donations, corporate and foundation grants and local businesses. We work through a network of agencies state-wide to assist Maryland's most vulnerable people.
NEWS
June 15, 2010
This morning's article, "Ill Will at BP Stations" (June 15) highlighted the recent experiences of several BP station owners throughout Maryland. While some BP retailers have in fact dealt with isolated incidents of consumer concern and a few of the BP locations we supply fuel to have noticed a slight drop in sales, a majority of stations have not noticed much, if any, decline in sales. Overall, we are very grateful that motorists and consumers in Baltimore and throughout Maryland realize that boycotting BP stations only hurts the independent, local owners and operators of the stations and local distributors, like Carroll Independent Fuel.
BUSINESS
By JAY HANCOCK | January 10, 2009
The late Victorine Q. Adams helped black politicians challenge Baltimore's white establishment in the 1950s, became the first black woman on the City Council in the 1960s and founded one of the nation's first nonprofits to help people pay energy bills in the 1970s. But the Baltimore organization that represents her legacy isn't assisting anybody this winter. The Victorine Q. Adams Fuel Fund has suspended business, the result of a bitter disagreement with its main financing source, the Fuel Fund of Maryland.
SPORTS
By Kevin Eck and Derek Toney and Kevin Eck and Derek Toney,Contributing Writers | January 17, 1994
Moments after Dunbar had completed its 29-0 national championship season with a victory over Walbrook in the 1992 Metro Classic, a hopeful for the Democratic Presidential nomination helped present the commemorative jackets to the Poets.Few knew then that guest presenter Bill Clinton would become President. No one knew that it would be the last Metro Classic.Today, The Fuel Fund Classic at the Baltimore Arena picks up where the Metro Classic left off. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, which helps needy area families pay fuel costs.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | November 16, 2008
Even before the mercury fell and the economy tanked, thousands more Marylanders were seeking help with utility bills than in years past. "We've had an upswing since probably last April," said Peggy Vick, director of family and volunteer services for the Salvation Army. Given the rising costs of food and fuel, "as soon as the BGE rates went up, people ... were hard-pressed in order to pay their bills." But help from state programs, nonprofits and charities is available for struggling families who meet income guidelines.
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