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National Fuel Funds Network to be Featured in PARADE Magazine

Energy Assistance Authority Has Ties to Laclede Gas/St. Louis

November 25, 2011

PARADE magazine will feature the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) in its first-ever Giving Issue on Sunday, November 27. PARADE will feature 10 organizations, including NFFN, and touch on recent cuts to the federal energy assistance budget and the continued need for energy assistance.

Laclede was instrumental in helping establish NFFN in the early 1980s. In 1982, Laclede Gas Company approached Sister Pat Kelley, a local advocate known affectionately as Sr. Pat, about developing the first private fuel and energy assistance fund. Dollar-Help, Inc. was launched shortly thereafter. Since its inception, Dollar-Help has distributed more than $16 million dollars to thousands of families and individuals throughout the St. Louis region and the Laclede service area. By 1983, working from the Dollar-Help template, more than 70 fuel funds were in place and, in 1984, the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) was formed. Sr. Pat was the NFFN's first chairperson. In 1987, her work culminated in the incorporation of the NFFN as, a 501(c )(3 ) non-profit organization.  Laclede Gas Company is a member of the NFFN.

About National Fuel Funds Network
The National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) is an organization that builds member programs to raise and distribute some $100 million in utility assistance annually. The Network also promotes charitable energy assistance and lobbies for increased federal energy assistance in the halls of Congress and at the grassroots level. NFFN is a diverse, collaborative organization whose 300+ members include nonprofit and government agencies and utilities across the US and in Canada and the United Kingdom. Since 1992, the Network has maintained an office in Washington D.C.

About Dollar-Help
Dollar-Help grants cover the cost of a household’s primary heating source, including natural gas, electricity, fuel oil and propane. The average grant amount per household is $300; for families facing extreme circumstances grants of up to $700 can be made. The majority of Dollar-Help recipients are elderly, handicapped or families with young children. Learn more at

About Laclede Gas Company
A subsidiary of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG), Laclede Gas Company has provided safe and reliable service to the residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area for more than 150 years. It is the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, serving approximately 625,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri. Learn more at


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