For the second year in a row, the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) – a partnership between Washington Gas and the Salvation Army – joined community partners in hosting the WAFF Ice House, raising nearly $150,000 for those in need of heating assistance. The Ice House was on display at the District Wharf from January 18-19.
Built from 98 blocks of ice, the Ice House was the star of the show, which, coupled with family-friendly activities including a thermal camera booth and face painting, showcased WAFF's role in providing critical heating assistance.
"80% of the people who can qualify for heating assistance can't get heating assistance because there is not enough money. That's why WAFF is important," said John O'Brien, Executive Vice President for Strategy & Public Affairs for WGL and Washington Gas.
Those who stepped into the Ice House got the chance to experience what it is like to live in a home without heat. A recent snowstorm and blustery weather helped underscore WAFF’s mission to help those who would otherwise be forced to live in a cold home.
The #WAFFIceHouse 🏠❄️ is officially open! Stop by @TheWharfDC for fun activities ⛸️ + to raise 💰 to help our neighbors in need this winter. Learn more: https://t.co/lteOL4ZSWh pic.twitter.com/IxE5JegAaG— Washington Gas (@washingtongas) January 18, 2019
“For 36 years, Washington Gas and the Salvation Army have been raising money to help people keep their homes warm when they have not got an ability to pay their energy bills," said Adrian Chapman, President & CEO of WGL and Washington Gas. "Through our Ice House event, we are able to raise awareness about this serious issue in a very visual and dramatic way, while providing the community with a fun and entertaining experience at the same time.”
During the Ice House event, community partners, Washington Gas executives, vendors and local celebrities including Peter Bondra sat in the Ice House, greeted visitors, posed for photos and helped raise money for WAFF.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, who made the Ice House possible:
Fewer than 2 in 10 people eligible for federal energy assistance actually receive it due to a lack of funds to meet the growing demand. In addition, families living in poverty spend more than 30 percent of their income on energy bills. WAFF bridges this gap by making emergency funds available for those in need to help pay their heating bill.
Visit www.waffhelp.org to learn more.