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  1. Duquesne Light & DQE #PowerItForward

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    Duquesne Light Company & DQE Communications Surprise Three Charities with Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

    To demonstrate its Larger than Light commitment to its customers and the community, Duquesne Light Company continues its ongoing effort to #PowerItForward with a charitable giveaway that surprised the following three local charities with a plug-in hybrid compact passenger vehicle to drive its mission:

    • Community Human Services (CHS)
    • Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMS)
    • Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (VLP)

    Click here to read the full press release and watch the surprise moment!

    Community Human Services (CHS)

    works to strengthen communities by empowering more than 8,000 individuals and families in Allegheny County to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships and access quality food. An EV would expand the agency’s ability to provide transportation for customers to critical service meetings, healthcare appointments and housing searches.

    Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMS)

    provides a range of community programs, including health and housing services, primarily to senior citizens and veterans in need throughout western Pennsylvania. An EV would enable NAMS to expand food delivery services to veterans, as well as transport individuals to appointments, the grocery store and the organization’s four senior centers.

    Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (VLP)

    offers essential housing, employment and other vital supportive services to more than 2,700 veterans, service members and their families annually to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life throughout western Pennsylvania. An EV would assist VLP in providing essential housing and supportive services as well as to conduct outreach at social service and veteran events.
  2. Duquesne Light Raises $40,000 for United Way

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    On Saturday, August 27, Duquesne Light Company and IBEW Local 29 partnered to host the 6th annual Rodeo and Safety Expo, an event for employees and their families that also serves as a fundraiser for the United Way. The event was held at the company’s Woods Run training facility on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The festivities included a petting zoo, pony rides, games, music, lunch and the highlight of the event, Duquesne Light’s lineworkers safely demonstrating their skills in various individual and team competitions.

    This year’s Rodeo featured 37 employees competing in individual and team events such as the pole-climb, the individual bucket-truck competition and the hurt man rescue (where participants rescue life-size dummies from utility poles). The events were timed, with judges keeping an eye on the clock while assessing form and presentation. Winners have a chance to visit the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas. Begun in 1984, the event has grown from hosting 12 teams to more than 200.

    DQE Communications was a participating sponsor of the Lineman’s Rodeo, supporting the DLCO’s efforts with games and prizes for the attending children.

    The successful event drew 1,300 people and raised more than $40,000 for United Way’s Impact Fund.

    Click here to learn more about DLCO and their Charitable Efforts.

  3. Bringing Power to a New Home After a Tragic Fire

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    When a devastating house fire took the home of DQE Communications Account Executive TR Freiling last January, he and his family began working through the painstaking process of rebuilding. Now, after nearly a year of darkness, the Freiling’s new home is wired and ready to glow thanks to the diligent work of a Duquesne Light crew.

    It was Christmas Eve when the Edison St. crews and service board arrived to bring electricity to the Freiling family’s new home, along with the help of Joni Coccari, Senior Technician, and Darlene Brock, General Clerk.

    The Freilings noted the team was unaware they were assisting a DQE employee; they were simply doing their job, showing their dedication by giving time during the holidays, all with a positive attitude.

    “They didn’t know who I was,” said Freiling. “They were just doing their job.”

    “This was another key piece of the closure to the misfortune we suffered last year,” continued Freiling. “Nothing else works without power. The crews did an amazing job and I couldn’t be more appreciative of them taking time away from their holidays with family to help mine. I would especially like to thank Barb Haney and Joni Coccari for their kind-heartedness in bringing the DQE Communications and Duquesne Light families together, and to the crew for their hard work.”