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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Housing Rehabilitation, Human Services

Mission: To help Coloradans afford home energy.

Results: In 2013, Energy Outreach Colorado invested $18.5 million to provide energy bill payments to help 117,600 households; repair the heating systems in 1,180 homes; and provide energy efficiency improvements in 44 nonprofit facilities and 2,655 affordable housing units.

Target demographics: limited-income families, seniors and individuals with special health needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: limited-income households with energy bill payments and emergency furnace repairs; and nonprofits and affordable housing facilities with energy efficiency improvements.

Geographic areas served: Colorado

Programs: energy bill payment assistance, emergency home heating system repair, and energy efficiency improvements for non-profit and affordable housing facilities.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Energy Outreach Colorado, through Energy Outreach Colorado’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP), provided more than $114,000 worth of weatherization improvements for a 1960s-era, 28,000 square-foot facility owned by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

NEEP provides free energy audits and efficiency upgrades for qualifying nonprofit facilities across the state. With funds from Xcel Energy and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, they installed a new energy efficient hot water heating system; replaced 226 lighting fixtures; 25 occupancy sensors; and repaired 38 windows. The improvements are projected to result in energy cost savings of at least $6,600 a year in electricity and natural gas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our tiny mission is called Network Coffeehouse. We have been serving the mentally ill and homeless population of Denver for 32 years. We are a ministry of "presence". A warm place in the winter. A cool place out of summer's roasting heat. We mostly "visit" w people. Sometimes we serve in other capacities. Mostly we "pay" attention to people we've known for years and years. EOC has made a major investment in our plant. Our place was bran new in 1988, but we were so poor that we installled an antiquated boiler. Heather and her crew have upgraded us to a high-effeciency unit that is saving us a ton in heating bills and making us feel better about how we care for "mother EARTH". They have invested in our long-term financial bottom line. We give showers to people that really need them. We warm up people that really need the nurture. I know we do this with nearly a 50% upgrade in usage!!! That's a gift that just keeps giving!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is vision. This is beauty. This is MERCY!!! Thanks.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I learned about NEEP by attending a workshop sponsored by Xcel for non-profits promoting energy conservation. Our agency applied for improvements at two of our facilities and both were selected. Heather Gullen is both professional and personable throughout the process, with the site visits and also following up after all the work was completed. Primary areas of the project included weatherization around doors and windows, adding insulation, installing occupancy sensors. Other projects included the separation of hot water boilers to provide separate domestic hot water, replacement of hollow metal door. Contractors were great to work with as well and concerned about the quality of work completed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through the expertise and generosity of Energy Outreach Colorado, specifically their Non-profit Energy Efficiency program, my organization received incredible services with an energy audit in our buildings and an incredible amount of upgrades. This energy efficiency program not only made an incredible difference in our energy uses and costs, but it brought a new outlook to our clients and staff. We were all made aware of energy abuse and ways to use energy smarter. We will be forever grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have the utmost respect for the Energy Efficiency Program sponsored by Energy Outreach Colorado. The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers has been selected as a grant recipient for NEEP. Everything that has been promised in the process has been fulfilled. The staff has been very efficient in their work. The training available to us as grantees is great and unexpected. NEEP is there to provide the best service they can. They live up to their goal of energy efficiency by doing all they can do to help us, the grant recipients with the support we need to make our buildings reflect that goal. We look forward to continuing our work with them in the future. Their knowledge and expertise is awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Energy Outreach Colorado is a terrific organization. they enabled us to do more for our community of service by making our facility more energy efficient, and did it at no cost to us. They assisted with the replacement old florescent fixtures with of lower energy lighting, and auto-turn-off switches for lighting; they replaced our older refrigerators with new energy effiecient ones for our offices and 4 full-sized ones for our Adult Day Care Program; they also installed energy saving curtains and got the entire attic of our very old facility insulated and brought to above current construction standards. It was a massive benefit to our organization. We serve low-income seniors in the Denver metro area, many of whom receive services like in-home care, transportation, adult day care, home repair and much more without being charged. This means that we raise those resources through our own means and any money that we can save on energy and utilities can be used to serve the continued independence and vitality of our senior population. Besides the benefit, Energy outreach has been easy and cordial to work with. They also brought to our staff additional infomation about how to be better about saving energy in our daily procedures. I most highly recomend Energy Outreach Colorado as an ordangization that represents the best of what non-profits can do when they put bright, compassionate people in the same room together. If I were going to try to strengthen it I'd just make it bigger.