Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to helping low income households afford their home energy needs through energy bill payment assistance, residential, multi-family and nonprofit facility energy enhancements, weatherization, and furnace repair and replacement.
EOC is the only statewide nonprofit that raises funds to help thousands of low-income Coloradans afford their home energy costs by paying energy bills, repairing or replacing furnaces, or helping to lower utility costs through energy efficiency and weatherization.
We also provide emergency home-energy assistance and longer-term approaches to reduce energy use, lower costs, and develop innovative energy solutions.
Annual Golf Classic
For the past 15 years, Energy Outreach Colorado has hosted a signature golf event to raise funds to help qualifying Coloradans afford their home energy costs. In 2018, the event was held at Sanctuary Golf Course presented by RE/MAX and sponsored by SM Energy, Meritage Midstream Services, Advanced Hydronics, Extraction Oil & Gas, A&K Appliance, Assured Partners of CO, Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, Black Hills Corp., Broomhall Bros., Elevation Lighting, Group 14 Engineering Inc., McBride Lighting Inc., Poudre Valley Rural Electric Assoc., TEC Well Service LLC., Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assoc., Wells Fargo, Xcel Energy, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, and GDS Heating.
Energy Outreach Colorado is a 501c3 non-profit organization that raises funds through individual and organization donors. All gifts to Energy Outreach Colorado are tax-deductible charitable contributions. Charity Navigator has ranked EOC as one of the nation’s Top 10 highly-rated charitable organizations with the most consecutive 4 star ratings – EOC has received 16. 95% of your donation goes to programs and services. Your support helps us leverage resources to make our dollars raised go farther.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Across Colorado there are seniors, veterans, friends, and members of your community who struggle every day to afford their energy costs. In 2018, we made a significant impact for many households:
• Repaired or replaced 1,462 furnaces keeping people warm and safe with lower energy bills
• Kept 250 families from eviction and homelessness through bill payment assistance
• Distributed more than $3 million in funding to weatherize and preserve affordable housing
• Assisted 60 non-profits by installing energy efficiency building upgrades saving more than $213,000 in energy costs
Bill Payment Assistance. EOC provides bill payment assistance to households across Colorado who are behind on their energy bills and are at risk of not having home energy. Payments are made directly to local utilities or fuel companies.
Energy Efficiency. We support non-profits that serve low-income individuals and families by providing funding for the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment. This includes energy audits, insulation, HVAC, assistance in obtaining rebates, and project management.
Multifamily Weatherization. This program provides whole building weatherization and focuses on affordable housing.
Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). We coordinate emergency repair and/or replacement of heating systems.
Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program (CARE). Our CARE program provides free energy efficiency upgrades for residential homes. Energy efficiency in a home is a crucial component to the overall energy costs, and improving the efficiency will lead to a lower utility bill and less energy consumption.
Homeless to Home. This program helps people who have been homeless move into housing by removing the barrier of unpaid debts on their past due utility accounts to give them a stable start in their new home.
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Consultant; Energy Outreach Colorado Board Chair
Why is this non-profit so important to you? What is your WHY for supporting them?
Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) provides energy assistance and efficiency support to households when they need it most, and our mission impacts people in situations that I can relate to. I can remember a time in my life when paying my energy bill was a challenge, so I suppose this is a personal journey for me. I am blessed to have reached a point in my life where I can help others in situations similar to mine long ago.
What is the one thing that you wish people knew about this non-profit?
Energy is a fundamental need for the safety and healthy wellbeing of any home. When vulnerable households face the inability to pay a utility bill, they face financial difficulties that are hard to recover from. Without financial assistance for utility bills from EOC, seniors, children, and families can end up evicted and, on occasion, homeless. EOC also has a practical approach to helping people meet their utility needs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and providing education to help them lower their energy costs in the future.
How long have you supported this non-profit and what positive changes have you seen since you starting working with them?
I have been on the EOC Board for five years and have been Board Chair for two. I am proud of the fact that we are less of a secret now – more people are learning how to access our services. We are reaching farther into rural communities where support is harder to find and we are making certain that people are getting the help that they need.
What inspires you most about the work being done by your non-profit?
I am inspired when I see participants of our programs get assistance. Typical people who have done everything right in life but for one reason or another have fallen on hard times. We help provide stability at a time they need it most.
What are the most important initiatives that this non-profit is focused on in the coming year?
We realize that the health and safety of a home is not just being warm in the winter. For many people, hot weather can be dangerous, or even deadly, so we have begun to develop partnerships and programs to address internal home temperatures during all seasons.