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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

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Efficient, responsive to clients' needs and cost effective. I love it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Tammy M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.