Energy assistance for low-income Oregon families

by HEAT Oregon
It Takes Just $25.00 to HEAT a Home for a Week!
It Takes Just $25.00 to HEAT a Home for a Week!

Wow, can’t believe 2015 is almost over - just a few more days before we ring in the New Year.  I am sure that you are checking off your “To Do” lists; making sure you have everything for that holiday meal, decorating the house, purchasing those last minute gifts – and maybe even thinking about making your year-end donations.

HEAT Oregon is busy too, processing many gifts from caring donors to help people stay warm in their homes.  Did you know it takes just $25.00 to heat a home for one week? 

Global Giving donors have stepped up to the plate for several years now to help neighbors in their communities stay warm in their homes.  To date thus far, there has been over 246 weeks of heat given to people in need by Global Giving donors.  We appreciate every donor and the funds raised go to help people who are struggling to keep their heat on. Thank you!

Consider this family: “My husband and I both lost our jobs and were unable to pay our bills. We had one child, another due, and winter was on its way. Assistance helped us stop a shut off. We are able to get caught up on bills and concentrate on other things we needed. We wish we didn’t need it, but are glad HEAT Oregon was there. “

Many families and individuals like this one are grateful that donors are giving to HEAT Oregon to help them in times of need.  We know that Global Giving donors want to help too.

So as you are checking your lists and then checking them twice…HEAT Oregon hopes that you will find the time to help someone in need of heat in their home and donate today.

HEAT Oregon wishes all of you the Happiest of Holidays and a bright & warm New Year!

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Fall in Oregon
Fall in Oregon

One of the best times of the year is right now – Fall. The days are starting to get a bit shorter but still warm. The evenings are nice and cool. The trees are turning beautiful colors of red, orange, and yellow. It is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors in the Northwest. Even as the temperatures are quite mild now, we know that the cold of winter is just around the next turn.

Each year in Oregon there are as many as 440,000 individuals who may need assistance with their heat and power during the winter months. With all resources, including state, federal and HEAT Oregon funding, only 20 percent of those in need receive the assistance, 80% end up going without the help they need. That is a large disparity. Even as Oregon and most of the nation has seen an upturn in the economy, there are still many people not making enough income and struggling to make ends meet. Many of these folks have to choose between paying for their heat and electricity and purchasing needed medicine and food for their families.

This past heating season, HEAT Oregon was able to help nearly 10,000 Oregonians with their heat and power. That included 4,010 children, 1,359 seniors and 1,065 persons with a disability. Global Giving donors shared in helping these people as well. In fact since the Energy Assistance for low-income Oregon Families Project was put in place, Global Giving Donors have contributed more than $6,000 to help their neighbors with heat and warmth during the cold and damp Oregon winters.

Even as HEAT Oregon is proud of the accomplishments our donors have been able to make, the number of Oregonians that still need assistance is great. With winter coming just around the next turn, we know that there will be many requests for help with heating and power assistance. We are asking all our donors including our wonderful Global Giving donors to reach out and donate what you can to help those that will need.

A donation of just $8 per month would be able to help one individual with their heat and power – A donation of $25 per month would help and entire family needing assistance if given over an entire year. Give what you can today and together we can help our neighbors in need around Oregon during the cold of winter.

Thank you for your donations!

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It
It's a HEAT Wave

What a heat wave – I bet you are happy the temperatures are starting to cool off. This second week of summer has been a hot one. With temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s I am sure it’s been hard to think about the cold weather Oregonians face during the winter months. At HEAT Oregon, we know that as many as 1 in 4 Oregonians may need energy assistance during the winter months. This past heating season, October through May, HEAT Oregon helped nearly 10,000 people around Oregon with their heat and power.

Global Giving donors helped in serving some of those people last year. Since the start of the Global Giving Energy Assistance Project, donors have given more than $6,100 to help their neighbors in need of help with their heat and lights.

So as we continue through these summer months and enjoy both the hot and maybe more mild temperatures, be thinking of those that may need help next winter with their heat and power and give what you can to help. It takes about $300 to help one family struggling to keep their heat on. If Global Giving Donors could give just $25.00 per month, it could help one more family with their heat. Collectively we could help many families. Join us today and give what you can and enjoy the rest of our beautiful (and sometimes really HOT) summer.

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Spring into Action
Spring into Action

Spring – to rise, leap, move or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position. Yes, just one definition of spring – most of us think of it as the season that follows winter; a time a renewal and growth. I would like to challenge our Global Giving donors to think of both definitions.

So far, Global Giving Donors have donated more than $6,000 towards the Emergency Energy Assistance Project and that total has been able to help more than 60 individuals with their heat during winter months.

HEAT Oregon operates its Emergency energy assistance from October 1st through May 31st each year. Thousands of individuals and families in Oregon need help paying for their heat during that time. I am asking all of our faithful donors to spring into action and donate to help a few more of those families that are still having trouble with their heating bills this early spring. Whether it is unemployment, high medical expenses, a family emergency or other crisis, many of the families that cannot afford to pay for their heat just need a helping hand to get through their circumstances.

You – the Global Giving Faithful can help HEAT Oregon be there for those that are in need. So, rise, leap up, move fast and give a helping hand to help people in your community that still need assistance with their heat this season that follows our winter and donate today.

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What are Your New Year
What are Your New Year's Resolutions?

It is the time to think of those New Year resolutions –You are asking yourself, what can you I do to be better in 2015? For some of us the resolutions might be to lose a few pounds, get back to the gym, or add an extra workout routine to become more fit. Or maybe it is to become greener in 2015, recycle more, turn down the thermostat and lights when not at home, look into solar or wind power, or even to purchase an electric or hybrid car. I am sure you can think of  lots of ways you can do better in the New Year.

As we all contemplate our resolutions, many Oregonians are just trying to figure out how to keep their heat on and pay their utility bill. Thousands of Oregon families struggle to keep their heat on during the winter months. It is often due to a sudden or unexpected expense like a car repair, a medical bill, new medicine or even an illness. It can also be because the family is under employed or has no income due to a job loss. Whatever the reason, it can force an individual or family to make a very tough decision – do I feed my family, pay all the unexpected bills or keep up with my heating bill. It is not an easy decision to make. Many go without heat!

Last winter, with the help of Global Giving donors, HEAT Oregon helped nearly 10,500 Oregonians with their heat and power. That meant that almost 3,600 families did not have to endure the winter months in a cold and dark home. So far, Global Giving donors have given a total of $6,150 to help their Oregon neighbors who needed heat and power in their homes.

So as we are making those New Year’s resolutions, perhaps we could add an additional resolution to our list and take time to make a donation to help those who are in fear of losing their heat and power. Every donation helps and no one wants to be cold and in the dark in the chilliest part of our year.

So become fit or become greener in the New Year and if you can remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves, make a donation to HEAT Oregon’s Energy Assistance for Low Income Oregon Families Project. All of these resolutions will make us feel better in 2015!

Happy New Year!

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Organization Information

HEAT Oregon

Location: Tualatin, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.heatoregon.org
Project Leader:
Ron Bannister
Development Specialist
Tualatin, OR United States