The holiday giving season is officially upon us and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has kicked off its annual Gift of Energy Program and the annual Fuel Fund of Maryland envelope campaign. These two campaigns provide BGE customers looking for ways to give back during the holidays with opportunities to share the warmth of the season with those in need, making the holidays brighter for families throughout central Maryland who may be struggling financially. In December, BGE launches its giving campaign to support the Fuel Fund of Maryland, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, through bge.com and via postage-paid envelopes enclosed in customers’ bills. This annual, customer-funded effort makes energy assistance available to limited income customers who apply for assistance from the Fuel Fund of Maryland, after exhausting other resources. BGE and its customers also support households in need year-round by providing $1 in bill credits for every $2 paid by Fuel Fund and its clients.
“Tis the season for giving and at BGE, we are grateful to both our generous customers and our employees who have been longtime supporters of the Fuel Fund of Maryland and many other worthwhile causes that assist families in meeting their energy needs, especially during the winter months,” said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Since the Fuel Fund was founded more than 30 years ago, with seed money from BGE, it has helped thousands of individuals and families stay warm in the winter and keep the lights on year-round.”
Through BGE’s Dollar Donation Fund, customers are able to designate a modest donation to the Fuel Fund and have it added to their BGE bill each month. When a monthly bill is paid in full, BGE will forward the contribution directly to the Fuel Fund. These donations are all tax-deductible and the Fuel Fund will send customers a summary of their donations for their records after the end of the year. Customers may stay enrolled for as long as they wish, change their donation amount or withdraw from the program at any time. To participate in the Dollar Donation Fund visit bge.com to complete a simple form, or call BGE at 800.685.0123. For more information visit the Fuel Fund online.
“The generosity of BGE and BGE customers during the holiday season provides tremendous hope to families struggling to emerge from a crisis, seniors coping with medical costs, and our neighbors facing unemployment and other economic challenges,” said Mary Ellen Vanni, Executive Director of the Fuel Fund. “Families who receive help through the envelope campaign and the Dollar Donation Fund are truly grateful for the assistance. Contributions to the Fuel Fund may be tax-deductible and the Fuel Fund’s 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator is testament to the organization’s commitment to efficiency and sound management.”
Individuals may also consider helping a specific customer with their BGE bill by donating through the Gift of Energy program. Using a special form available on bge.com, customers are able to make donations of any amount to the accounts of specific customers. Donations will apply on a future bill as a credit to the recipients’ BGE account. The recipient will be notified that they have received a gift credit. The donors may also notify the recipients or remain anonymous. The Gift of Energy recipient can be any BGE customer and does not have to qualify for energy assistance or any special programs. The Gift of Energy form can be found on bge.com and includes instructions on where to mail the special form and payment. Customers can also place a Gift of Energy order by calling BGE at 888.232.0088 (there is a $2.00 fee from a third party for this service, and you must have the gift recipient’s name and address).
For more information on contributing through the annual energy assistance campaigns, visit bge.com/howtohelp.