News & Events


UESF Salutes the Veterans!


On Saturday, May 20th, staff from the UESF Veterans Program honored the Tuskegee Airmen as part of a Salute to Veterans event hosted by State Representative Stephen Kinsey. The event included a memorial ceremony, food and beverages, and Veterans resources around the city.

Thank you for having us!


Save the Date for the 21st Annual PECO Universal Services Best Ball Golf Tournament!

The 21st Annual PECO Universal Services Best Ball Golf Tournament is set for Monday, October 9th, 2017 at Paxon Hollow Country Club!


All proceeds benefit PECO’s customer assistance program, the Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF), including Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), Community Action Development Commission of Montgomery County (CADCOM), Mason Dixon Cares, and UESF are the nonprofit partners providing the direct customer assistance.

Join us for a day of fun and philanthropy!


Please contact Tina Floyd at for additional information.


Volunteer Appreciation Day at UESF!

VADOn Thursday, April 27, UESF celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Day to recognize our incredible volunteers and their dedication to helping vulnerable families.

Organized by UESF’s Employee Spirit Committee, UESF spent the day celebrating our volunteers’ critical contributions to our organization with lunch, many thank-yous, and a small celebration.

Thank you, UESF volunteers, for all you do!


UESF Shows Their Support to Combat Philly’s Eviction Crisis


On Monday, March 20, UESF staff attended a City Council Hearing on the Philly Eviction Crisis, sponsored by Councilwoman Helen Gym and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez. We were able to hear testimony from Philadelphians who discussed their traumatic experiences with substandard housing while showing our support for the city’s vulnerable families facing housing crises! Look for more about what’s being done to combat the eviction crisis and substandard housing as we continue to work with city partners to advocate for change!


UESF Attends Block Captain Boot Camp

On Saturday, March 18, UESF’s Veteran Engagement Partner attended Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.’s annual Block Captains Boot Camp. The event provides Block Captains in District 4 with the tools and knowledge needed to assist their communities! Thank you for having us!


UESF Attends Domb Center Opening for the EITC!


UESF staff with Councilman-At-Large Allan Domb and Campaign for Working Families CEO Mary Arthur

On Monday, January 23, UESF staff and volunteers attended the soft opening of the Domb Center at 121 S. Broad Street. The Domb Center is a “super site” sponsored by Councilman-At-Large Allan Domb to help Philadelphians apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable credit available to low- to moderate-income individuals and families that is worth up to $6,269 per income tax return!

UESF is working with Campaign for Working Families and Councilman-At-Large Allan Domb’s office to promote the EITC and put more money into the pockets of Philadelphia families.

Visit to see if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and find trained specialists to help you apply- FREE!



Drexel’s Alphia Phi Omega Assists with UESF’s Holiday Card Program


On Friday, December 9th, UESF welcomed seven members from Drexel University’s chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coeducational service fraternity, to assist with our annual Holiday Card Fundraising Program.

The sophomore and junior volunteers stuffed over 800 envelopes to send out to donors and friends of UESF!

UESF would like to thank Drexel’s Alpha Phi Omega for lending their time and positive energy to help us complete our Holiday mailing!


UESF Receives Grant from the Enterprise Foundation


On Tuesday, November 22, UESF was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Enterprise Foundation. In the above photo, UESF Executive Director John Rowe (left) and UESF Director of Development and Operations Tina Floyd (right) accept the check from Enterprise Representative Dorothy Rothman (middle).

UESF will apply this funding to its housing stabilization programming to continue to assist the vulnerable families of Philadelphia. A big thank you to Enterprise for their support over the last few years!


UESF at the Philly Veterans Parade


On Sunday, November 6th, UESF attended the Philadelphia Veterans Parade! Over 150 veteran groups and service organizations came to show their thanks and provide information to assist veterans and their families. Over 10,000 people attended the parade, with UESF Executive Director and staff among them!

Check out our photos from the day below, and explore more about the Philadelphia Veterans Parade and UESF’s Veterans Assistance Program.


This Week is LIHEAP Week!

LIHEAP Week is still on, regardless of the SEPTA strike!

UESF’s BenePhilly Center is hosting our annual LIHEAP WEEK from November 1st through 10th. Individuals can come to our office at 1608 Walnut Street Suite 600 anytime between 10am and 3pm starting TODAY (Tuesday, November 1), without an appointment.

LIHEAP Week gives clients the opportunity to apply for LIHEAP and CRISIS benefits as well as CAP and CRP for PECO and PGW bills. UESF will also help clients discover all other benefits our central office has to offer.

Please bring the following documents when you visit us:
-Photo ID
-Proof of household income
-Social Security Cards
-All utility bills
-Current lease/mortgage or paid taxes

Spread the word for LIHEAP Week!



UESF Speaks At TWU Veterans Committee Conference



Our UESF Veterans Program staff were guest speakers at the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Veterans Committee’s 4th Quarter Conference in Philadelphia. Well done, team, and thanks to TWU for having us!

From left to right: Jim DeNofa and Aquisha Marrero of UESF, TWU International Representative Jose Galarza, Shanay Johnson of UESF, and Nancy Bragin.


Golf Tournament Success!


On Monday, October 10th, the 20th Annual PECO Universal Services Best Ball Golf Tournament raised over $35,000 to benefit the Matching Energy Assistance Fund (MEAF). The event was held at Paxon Hollow Country Club in Broomall.

MEAF is PECO’s customer support program that provides emergency financial assistance to low income, residential customers facing a temporary utility crisis. All contributions made to MEAF are matched dollar for dollar by PECO.

UESF, along with Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC), Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), Community Action Development Commission of Montgomery County (CADCOM), and Mason Dixon Cares, are PECO’s nonprofit partners that provide direct customer assistance.

Begun in 1997, this year’s event was PECO’s 20th tournament. Since its inception, the golf tournament has raised over $623,000 for vulnerable families! Please enjoy the slideshow above of our last 20 years together.

Thank you to our sponsors this year: ABB, Accenture, Agent 511, APPRISE, Burns & McDonnell, CMC Energy Services, Contract Callers, Inc., ConvergeOne, Dashiell Corporation, DebtNext, Deloitte, EGS, Experian, J.J. White Inc., LaFata Contract Services, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Premier Contractors, Rickart Collection Systems, RR Donnelley, Sargent & Lundy, SEPTA, Softgate, Southwest Credit, Torres Credit Services, Inc., and Total Solutions, Inc.


UESF is Moving!


We’re moving! But we’re not going far.

As of October 4th, our new address will be

1608 Walnut Street, Suite 600.

“Our new location will allow our team to stabilize vulnerable families more effectively. Please visit us! We look forward to continuing our work with you during the coming year.”
             -John Rowe, Executive Director



UESF Launches Oil Assistance Program

UESF is now providing direct assistance for oil for low-income Philadelphia residents who are unable to afford the cost of an oil delivery. As the temperature outside begins to drop and Philadelphians begin to prepare for the coming winter months, many families find themselves unable to pay for the fuel oil needed to heat their homes.

Eligibility requirements for the oil assistance program include:

  • Household income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (determined at time of application)
  • Have not received a fuel or oil grant in the last 12 months
  • Have not applied for LIHEAP when available

“As our organization continues to expand, we are committed to finding more ways to help low-income families remain stable in their homes. Our new oil assistance program will be a much needed resource for many families this winter.”
–John Rowe, UESF Executive Director.

For this effort, UESF is partnering with Philadelphia-based Cass Oil Company to offer a reduced rate on fuel oil assistance for eligible low-income families.

The maximum assistance available for this program is 200 gallons of oil; families are eligible for assistance once every 12 months.

For more information, visit our Oil Assistance Program page or contact Michele Thomas at (215) 814-6823 or


UESF Welcomes Five New Community Organizations as Utility Grant Intake Sites

UESF is pleased to welcome five new organizations to its Utility Grant Program as neighborhood intake sites. ActionAIDS, Concilio, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, People’s Emergency Center, and the Urban League of Philadelphia were recently chosen as UESF partners, bringing the total number of intake sites to 18.

“The addition of these organizations to UESF’s programming has increased our ability to help more vulnerable families at the neighborhood level,” said John Rowe, UESF Executive Director. “We are looking forward to partnering with these organizations for other services throughout the coming year.”

Community residents in neighborhoods near these sites may contact them directly for help with their utility bills. For a complete list of UESF’s Utility Grant Intake Sites along with contact information, please click here.