About Fuel Fund | Affordable Home Energy for Maryland Families

We Help Those in Need Afford Home Energy

Vision & Mission

The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. Our donors, board and staff support and advocate collaborative funding and services that ensure affordable energy to families that must overcome hardship caused by poverty and assist these families to meet their human needs.

A couple in need

History

The Fuel Fund was incorporated in 1981 as the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, following the nation's first energy crisis during the late 1970s when an oil embargo squeezed supply, and energy prices soared. Hardest hit were those people least able to pay dramatic cost increases. Victorine Q. Adams, a Baltimore City councilwoman and noted civil rights activist, intervened and the earliest version of the Fuel Fund was born. She was moved to do so when a couple in her council district froze to death in their home. Adams vowed that this would never happen again under her watch. Today an integrated network of fuel funds across the nation carries on Mrs. Adam's vision.

With the onset of the deregulation of the electric utility industry, the Fuel Fund changed its name to Fuel Fund of Maryland, Inc. At every stage of the life of the Fuel Fund, its focus has been solely on the essential energy needs of individuals and families for whom energy is unaffordable. Families who receive help always pay as much of their bills as they are able. The portion that is unaffordable is usually divided among the customer, the Fuel Fund donations and bill credits allowed by the utility. In this way, the Fuel Fund supplements the resources of each family. Likewise, in order to use all of the resources that are available for families, the Fuel Fund refers applicants to the government-funded programs that operate out of the state Office of Home Energy Programs. Often a family receives adequate assistance from these programs. If they are still in need, the Fuel Fund helps.

Board of Directors

Officers

Chair

Jody Costa 
Vice President of Marketing
Barcoding, Inc.

Vice President

Bob Frazee 
Retired President & CEO
MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Treasurer

Michael Schmeckpeper 
Vice President
SunTrust

Secretary

Stacy Wirth 
Manager, Account Management
Veolia

 

Directors

Frank Leonhartt 
Director Revenue Management
Baltimore Gas & Electric

David Saunders, II 
Consultant
Asset Strategy Consultants

Sean Dunphy 
Vice President Business Banking
M&T Bank

David Plasse 
Premier Relationship Manager
SunTrust

Janessa Shaikun 
Director of Marketing
Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.

Shawn Joseph 
Director, Head of State & Local Tax
Legg Mason Global Asset Management

Past Chair

Jack Ramey 

 

Staff

Diana Eagan 
Executive Assistant

Debbie Brown 
Director, Development

Cami Caudill 
Director, Affordability Solutions

Sam Impink 
Program Manager

Rachel Edwards 
Watt Watchers Program Assistant

Irina Fedorova 
Data Administrator

Ed Hostetter 
Program Associate

Anne-Elise Woappi 
Development & Database Manager

Wallace Knobel 
Watt Watchers Program Assistant

Danielle Phelps 
Volunteer Coordinator

Kate Natafgi 
Watt Watchers Program Coordinator

India Dorsey 
Program Associate

 

Publications

Newsletters

Fall 2017 Newsletter
Spring 2017 Newsletter
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Spring 2016 Newsletter
Fall 2015 Newsletter
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Fall 2013 Newsletter
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Fall 2012 Newsletter
Spring 2012 Newsletter
Fall 2011 Newsletter
Spring 2011 Newsletter
Fall 2010 Newsletter
Spring 2010 Newsletter
Fall 2009 Newsletter
Spring 2009 Newsletter
Fall 2008 Newsletter
Fall 2007 Newsletter
Spring 2007 Newsletter

Financials

2016 Financial Statement
2016 IRS 990
2016 Annual Report
Annual Report Summary 2015
2015 Financial Statement
2015 IRS 990
2014 IRS 990
2014 Financial Statement
2013 Financial Statement
2013 IRS 990
2012 IRS 990
2011 Financial Statement
2011 IRS 990
2010 IRS 990
2010 Financial Statement
2009 IRS 990
2009 Financial Statement
2008 Financial Statement
2007 IRS 990
2007 Financial Statement
2005 IRS 990
2004 Financial Statements