As the Executive Director of Las Animas Helping Hands, I have had the privilege of working closely with Energy Outreach Colorado for the past 10 years. They reach out compassionately to individuals and families going through a difficult time and provide grants for organizations throughout Colorado to help keep client's heat and electricity on. I appreciate how Energy Outreach Colorado is continually thinking of additional ways to help the needy and help nonprofit organizations that serve them!
Sharon Barber, Las Animas Helping Hands
Having had the pleasure and honor of working with EOC for the past 11 years, I can honestly say that in my personal experience with non profit organizations, not all have the dedication, vested interest and concern for the citizens of their State as EOC does. Just in working with them, our organization has also gained a valuable sense of compassion for our citizens as well as the citizens of Colorado. We have also seen first hand the many hours of overtime, personal time and heartfelt effort everyone at this organization puts forward to ensure others' needs are met, from assisting financially, those with little or no income, ensuring the health, well being and safety of households in need of heating repairs and maintenance, and in cases of extreme emergency, taking any steps necessary to prevent any household from going without heat or services.
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I am so proud to be a contributor to the success of Energy Outreach Colorado. I have come to realize that for many of my Colorado neighbors, the need for help with their utility bills is truly life threatening. I don’t know where my modest contributions can have a more dramatic impact. Because EOC squeezes a lot of bang from each dollar, I know that my gifts have made a difference. Because EOC steps in with critical help with heat and light, this wonderful non-profit’s work with low income folks in turn makes it possible for many recipients to put adequate food on the table and fill long ignored prescriptions. Its impact is continuing and far-reaching. And it is significant that EOC also helps folks improve the energy efficiency of their homes, hopefully making it possible for many to afford their utility bills. I appreciate the double whammy of EOC, if you will: Help when one can’t pay for heat and light and help to make energy use more efficient and affordable. I further appreciate the effective ways EOC keeps its supporters informed and aware of its activities and its needs.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Energy Outreach Colorado is an organization that I am proud to work with. Each member of their team fights hard to make sure that they are helping to give Colorado individuals and businesses a better quality of life.
Many years ago, in lieu of Christmas gifts for the adults in my extended family, I decided to make a "Family Contribution" to help those less fortunate than we. It didn't take long to choose Energy Outreach Colorado. I was most impressed that they are able to keep their administrative costs below 7%. The staff are all very professional and great people to get to know. Last year, I was interviewed about the annual letter I send to each member of my family regarding the need for our assistance and how it will make someone's home warm and bright for the Holidays. I include this letter in an EOC Holiday card. This is without a doubt, the finest organization to whom I've ever given and I shall continue as long as I'm able.
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!