Some of your neighbors will not be able to afford heat for their homes this winter. However, there is a way you can directly help these families in need – by donating to the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF).

For more than 25 years, WAFF has assisted Washington area residents experiencing financial hardship. WAFF pays for all types of fuel to heat homes and helps stabilize families faced with unexpected crises by providing area residents with a critical safety net. The program assisted more than 7,500 area residents in 2010, disbursing over $850,000 to help pay for winter heating bills.

While WAFF has helped keep hundreds of thousands warm for more than a generation, the number of applicants continues to grow each winter. This is why it is more important than ever for your continuous support of the fund through generous donations.

“As the winter heating season approaches, we urge you – our customers, friends, families, and employees – to keep these families in mind when you consider charitable giving,” said Terry D. McCallister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Gas. “The consistent generosity of countless individuals in our community has kept this program thriving for over 25 years.”

WAFF is administered by The Salvation Army and is Washington Gas’ signature philanthropic program. Because Washington Gas pays the fund’s administrative fees, 100 percent of the money donated to WAFF goes to helping area families. Since 1983, WAFF has disbursed $20.3 million, which has helped more than 240,000 people.

To learn how you can make a difference for a family in need, visit

About Washington Gas

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL). In addition to Washington Gas, the parent company holds a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services.

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