Energy Outreach Colorado has a mission to help people afford their energy costs. And to fulfill that mission, it is so important for the nonprofit to make sure every Coloradan is aware of it, said …
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Energy Outreach Colorado has a variety of programming that is available to any Colorado household — and nonprofits that serve low-income individuals and families — that may need help with affording home energy costs.
To learn more about EOC, visit www.energyoutreach.org/.
EOC’s Help Lines are another way for people to reach the organization. For utility bill payment assistance, call 1-866-432-8435. For help with a faulty furnace and/or are living without heat, contact EOC’s Crisis Intervention program at 1-855-469-4328.
EOC is funded primarily through grants, community contributions and donations. To learn more about donating EOC, visit the website above and select the ‘Ways to Support’ tab from the home page.
Energy Outreach Colorado’s annual golf classic — The Heat Is On — will take place as an in-person event on Aug. 31 at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia.
Sanctuary Golf Course is an exclusive golf course that is typically invitation-only and limited to those sponsoring a charity tournament. For The Heat Is On, golfers may join the tournament as an individual player or through a sponsorship for 4-16 players.
Individual player spots are available on a first-come, first served basis. Sponsorship opportunities are offered at different levels. All are tax-deductible, and all proceeds from the tournament helps EOC achieve its mission of providing energy assistance and efficiency to any Coloradan who needs it.
For sponsorship and individual golfer information and prices, contact Tess Richey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Outreach Colorado has a mission to help people afford their energy costs.
And to fulfill that mission, it is so important for the nonprofit to make sure every Coloradan is aware of it, said Denise Stepto, EOC’s chief communications officer.
While EOC is reaching many Coloradans, she said, there are many more who are not getting the help they may need.
“There are a lot of people who are finding us, but a lot of people who aren’t,” Stepto said. “The pandemic has put a lot of people in crisis (and) it could easily be your next door neighbor who has fallen behind.”
Lack of employment, or becoming under employed, during the pandemic are reasons people could currently be struggling to pay their energy bills, Stepto said. But another hardship brought on by COVID-19 is the increased amount of energy needed to power devices for working from home and/or remote schooling.
“Utility bills have increased,” Stepto said, “but wages have not.”
She added that many households place utility bills as the third priority in their money management — rent and mortgage payments are first, and that is followed by food and medications.
But “you cannot live without your lights on,” Stepto said.
One cannot live without heat in the winter in Colorado, so some households may be contending with a large past-due bill they cannot pay, and possibly facing a shutoff, Stepto added. And although the upcoming summer months will bring some households’ utility bills down a bit, there are some people with health conditions that requires them to have air conditioning in their home, Stepto said.
“All of these are health and safety issues of your home,” she said. “Anybody who is concerned with their home energy costs should call.”
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