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November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Our non-profit (Habitat for Humanity of the St Vrain Valley) and, more to the point, our clients, have benefited greatly from the work of Energy Outreach Colorado. We receive funds to install energy efficiency upgrades in the homes that we build. Our homes achieve Energy Star status and the improvements literally save hundreds of dollars a year for our very low income homeowners. That's money that can be used for other basic necessities. We are so grateful for Energy Outreach Colorado's partnership.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through my work with Habitat for Humanity of the St Vrain Valley we have been able to offer services to our clients that we might not otherwise be able to offer.

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I don't have any suggestions for changes.

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has helped the Denver Rescue Mission makes its facilities more energy efficient. EOC has focused their efforts on two of our properties: 1)The Crossing where we provide transitional housing to low income families and run a long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation program; 2) The Ministry Outreach Center where we operate a warehouse for gift-in-kind donations of food, clothing and furniture that we distribute to low-income families. At the Crossing, EOC installed controls on PTAC air conditioning units, low flow shower heads, front-loading washing machines and ceiling fans to increase air flow. At the Ministry Outreach Center, EOC insulated the attic, instaled radiator reflectors and upgraded lighting in the warehouse to energy-efficient flourescent light bulbs. EOC is currently exploring the possibility of replacing windows at the Crossing with energy-efficient windows. These improvements have allowed the Denver Rescue Mission to lower its energy costs and be able to provide more direct assistance to the homeless and poor in the Denver community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Energy cost savings and freed up resources to serve more poor and homeless individuals and families in the Denver area.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Tennyson Center for Childen provides residential, education and therapeutic services to abused and neglected children. Our residential cottages are all over 40 years old, and in need of some energy efficiency upgrades to improve the living and working conditions in the cottages, and to save operating expenses. Energy Outreach Colorado arranged for an energy audit to be conducted on our cottages, and is assisting our organization in finding a funding source to make the needed improvements. I have found the organization to be committed to its mission, and very helpful in its approach to our projcet.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our experience with Energy Outreach Colorado is on going, and I am hopeful that it will result in replacing mechanical systems and making other improvements that will reduce our energy usage. Dollars saved through this process can then be re-directed into direct services to children and famiies.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure.

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

We received funding from Energy Outreach Colorado to conduct an energy audit of our building and complete significant improvements to make our emergency shelter for homeless families more energy efficient. The professionals who helped us with this process were very knowledgeable and helpful, and this project has been a tremendous boost (we estimate we are saving about $2,000 per year in energy costs since the audit). We are a relatively small nonprofit organization and having Energy Outreach provide this valuable assistance to help us reserve our limited resources for direct services to our homeless families meant alot to us. This is a great organization with a great mission.

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Yes, we personally received benefits from this organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None needed.

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to serve as a case manager with one of the non-profits that allocates EOC funds to clients in Denver and other areas of Colorado. In this role I have been able to see first-hand, how those who are affected by job loss and other difficulties end up in situations where they must choose between keeping a roof over their head, feeding their family, and paying their utility bills so they can have heat and electricity. For many, this decision is an impossible one but ends in a house without lights or warmth. In my opinion, EOCs means of allocating funds to community organizations like the one I work for, provides a necessary service for low-income families and individuals who would otherwise live without some of the basic necessities they need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing clients who receive funds.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a better system of helping those who call our utility hotline to receive assistance. With a high volume of calls and not enough staff to focus only on this job, many people call in to our hotline but do not receive a call back. This is frustrating from a client perspective because technically they have done exactly what we asked them to do. In fact, for most, the best way to get assistance is to go around the system and to contact EOC directly for special assistance.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

Energy Outreach Colorado performed much needed weatherization and energy related upgrades to our property that serves in excess of 2,000 low-income individuals each year. Their work will create cost savings for the tenants who occupy the building and will allow seven organizations to devote more resources to important program delivery. One of the most significant things that Energy Outreach Colorado helped achieve was to install new windows in an early childhood learning center where the children previously had to endure cold temperatures beccause the windows would ice up (on the inside). The new windows have made a tremendous difference in the comfort of these children (all under age 5), and the energy upgrades will help with the overall efficiency of the way the building operates which creates a better working environment for the tenants and a better place for their clients.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work performed at our property has created a better working environment. Our tenants (nonprofit organizations) are happier and are more aware of ways to save energy. If they are happy, my job is easier.

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The only feedback I can provide regarding ways to strengthen the program is to improve the time it takes to finalize the scope of work and schedule / complete the work. The process from start to finish took one year. Overall, regardless of the time frame, the end result is great! And we very much appreciate the opportunity to participate in the program. Thank you Energy Outreach Colorado....and many thanks to Heather Gullen for her patience with my many questions and inquiries.

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

As a Board member of the SisterCarmen Community Center in Lafayette and working design engineer in the food service equipment field for 48 years it has been very rewarding working with the staff of the Non-profit division of Energy Outreach Colorado-NEEP. We are in the process of developing a food bank, client shopping facility and bulk warehouse to serve not only our Eastern Boulder County clientelle, but also the ability to warehouse bulk product for other county agencies without sufficient storage space. The task includes office space for ourselves and other non profit agencies who do not have a building or affordable space to rent. We are converting an existing former defense agency manufacturing facility and the assistance furnished by NEEP has been essential to getting us up and operating by late Spring 2011. Our building is 23 years old and the HVAC systems are old, inefficient and past their normal life expectancy. The redesigned use of the space made it even more complicated. The dedication of the NEEP staff to helping us through this proceedure has been extremely helpful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Organizing the deocumentation that has to be presented to have our agency considered for assistance

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

shorten the turn around time from application to the award decision.

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

I played in a charity golf tournament for Energy Outreach Colorado. My company, Bentek Energy, donated to the event. The event was very well organized and ran very smootly. Their cause was explained very well and participants were glad to contribute to Energy Outreach Colorado funds.

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I wouldn't change anything.

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

EOC makes so many great things happen in this community. Through their work 1000's of families remain housed and warm. They also use their influence to help their partner nonprofits. Denver is a warmer, safer and better place because of EOC!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a recipient of funds from this agency I have seen the results of their mission have a direct impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them find more funding to have an even greater impact.

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November 16, 2010

Without Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC)more than 700 families each year would find themselves sitting in the dark in their own homes. Through Energy Outreach Colorado we have as an agency been able to help that number of families every year as a result of energy grants received from EOC. Many people think of the needs of those in distress particularly during cold winter months. but what happens when there is no money to pay an electric bill in the summer - when refrigerators can't operate and food is spoiled; when the heat is sweltering and there is no means to cool down a fretful baby or elderly parent. EOC comes to the rescue in winter and in summer. They are concerned about the energy needs of people throughout the entire state and work with local agencies to help people in need. They are generous in their grants and personable to work with. They have a heart as well as a purse from which they draw resources and distribute to thousands.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the grants I have reeived that are then distributed to persons in need in our community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money so they can give more money around the state to help people in need.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They raise money so that they can give it to agencies who in turn help people with their energy bills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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