Energy assistance for low-income Oregon families

by HEAT Oregon
Baby Its Cold Outside
Baby Its Cold Outside


I can hear the lyrics, Baby Its Cold Outside; the melodic sounds of Natalie Cole and James Taylor belting out the tune.   It makes me think of the great season we are about to embrace.  I look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, all fun and exciting parts of the winter season.  Unfortunately many Oregon households are bracing for the upcoming season in a much different way – they can’t afford their heating bills and are trying to figure out a way to stay warm in their homes with no heat or electricity.  In Oregon, there are more than 435,000 people who potentially need help heating their homes due to inability to pay for their heating utility source.  Last year, only one in five families was able to receive the help they needed to keep their heat on during the winter months.

Global Giving donors have stepped up to the plate for several years now to help neighbors in their communities.  To date thus far, there has been over $6,000 in donations from Global Giving donors.  We appreciate every donor and the funds raised go to help people who are struggling to keep their heat on.  It takes an average of $300 to help just one family with their heat emergency.  For example, a young women and her daughter last year were about to get their electricity shut off due to under employment and some medical bills that had mounted up.  With donations we received from caring people - like our Global Giving Donors – this young family was able to keep their heat on and made it through the winter in a warm and safe home.

So when you hear the lyrics – “Baby its cold outside… “Just think about the many families, perhaps right in your neighborhood, who are struggling to keep their heat on and could have a cold and dark home this winter.  If you could spare just $25 or even $50 dollars to put toward some family’s heating bill, you could make their home warm and bright this season! – donate today.


Every Donation Makes an Impact!
Every Donation Makes an Impact!

Sometimes donors are afraid to give because they think their donation does not have any impact.  Oregon HEAT in its work to give low-income Oregonians emergency energy assistance, hear from donors all the time that if someone needs $300 to help turn their heat back on, how is their $25 donation going to help a family in need?  We are here to let everyone know how the impact can be felt to all the families that are out there suffering from no heat in their homes.

In the fiscal year 2012-13, Oregon HEAT helped over 5,000 households with heat and lights to keep their homes warm and bright. That was more than 15,000 people who did not have to be in a cold and dark home last winter.  This included 6,251 children, 1,691 seniors and 1,483 disable persons. In order to serve all those households Oregon HEAT took in more than 13,500 donations totaling $1,566,000.  That makes the average donation just $116.  So with everyone donating as little as $25 or as large as $2,500 or even more, it all adds up.  Global giving donors have given 31 donations totaling just over $6,000 since our Energy Assistance for Low-Income Oregon Families Project began. Those donations have made an impact in the lives of the families that critically needed heat and lights in their homes.

Many times donors just need to hear that their donations, no matter how small can truly make an impact.  When we add up all the donations large and small, Oregon HEAT is able to make a big impact in the lives of Oregon Families.  So as you are thinking of making that donation this fall, don’t forget that whether it is $25 or it is $2,500, every donation counts - no donation is too little.


Did you know that nearly 14,000 low-income people across Oregon received heating assistance from Oregon HEAT this past heating season?  With the help of Global Giving donors and all of our other supporters, we were able to help all of these Oregonians with their heat and lights during the timeframe of this past October 1 through May 31st.  It takes nearly $100 to help just one person with their heating needs during the winter months.  That means that donors
contributed nearly $1.4 million to our Emergency Energy Assistance Program to help their neighbors and friends to stay warm this last winter.  So Global Givers – know that every single dollar you donate is so important – Oregon HEAT could not assist all who need heating assistance without your help!

Oregon HEAT raises funds year-round to help assist the most critical in need of heat during the winter months.  So as summer heats up and you’re not heating your home right now, please be don’t forget about your friends and neighbors
who may need help next winter to heat their homes and donate whatever you can afford today.

The Flowers are Blooming
The Flowers are Blooming

I noticed that my crocuses are popping out of the ground and last year’s primroses are blooming as well.  Our local weatherperson said that we could hit 62 degrees, first time since last October. Pretty soon I am going to have to get that lawnmower out and cut the grass. – I know, what does this have to do with helping low-income Oregonians with Emergency Energy Assistance? 

Well sometimes I forget that with the warming up of spring and the fact that I may not need to turn my heat up or even on, depending how warms its getting, that there are thousands of Oregonians who have to make hard decisions weather to pay their heating bill or purchase food for their families.  These decisions maybe based on the fact that the family cannot afford to do both because of a job loss or maybe they’re working, but not enough hours to pay all the bills or even an illness in the family that attributed to having higher than expected medical bills – there are many reasons that low-income Oregonians may have for not being able to keep their homes warm and pay their heating bills.  So sometimes it is easy to forget that even though it’s warmer, people still need help from folks like you and me through Oregon HEAT’s Global Giving Project: Emergency Energy Assistance Program.

All of the donors who have given to the Global Giving Emergency Energy Assistance project over the past couple of years should be very proud of how their donations were used. More than $6,000 has been raised and that has helped more than 60 Oregonians with heat to keep their homes warm during the winter months. That means those 60 individuals had a warm home and could keep food on the table for their families.

As we move into to spring and see more flowers blooming, the trees leafing out and hear the sounds of lawnmowers revving up in our neighborhoods, I hope you’ll join with me and give a donation to help neighbors around us who for some financial reasons cannot afford to keep their homes warm and may need help with their heating bills.  Join with me to feel good knowing that we care about our fellow Oregonians and want to help.  Join with me and donate today!

The ground is not white, there are no ice cycles hanging from the eves of the house and the big guy with the sleigh hasn’t pulled onto the roof yet.  Even so, winter is here in Oregon.  May low-income families around the state are already asking for help with their heating.  I talked with a person in need just the other day and they said they had just had their electricity shut off and had no way of heating their home.  Another caller to us said that if she didn’t receive a little bit of help in the next few days that she would also see her heat cut off.  The need is great and the dollars to help are not enough to cover everyone.

Oregon HEAT partners with 31 different agencies and three utility company’s around Oregon.  If you listen to their representatives, you’ll hear a repetitive theme; we are overwhelmed with the amount of requests for energy assistance. 

Global giving donors always step up to the plate to help their neighbors in need.  To date, you have reached out to Oregon HEAT with more than $5,000 to help low-income Oregonians with energy assistance.  It takes on average $300 to help one family stay warm during the winter.  So as we are looking for the white stuff on the ground or seeing ice cycles on the gutters or if your believe – the Big Red Suited Jolly guy will land on your roof soon, take the time to donate today to help the many thousands of families across Oregon that just need a little help to keep their home warm this winter.  Donate today.


I wish all of you, Happy Holiday and A Wonderful NEW YEAR!!!!



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HEAT Oregon

Location: Tualatin, OR - USA
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HEAT Oregon
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Ron Bannister
Development Specialist
Tualatin, OR United States

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