Wow, a forecast that says July in May. According the local meteorologists, we hit a record this first week of May. Our thermometers were pushing 85 degrees. It just makes you want to get outside and take a hike, do some gardening, go for a bike ride – anything outdoors just sounds great.
As we look to the spring and summer weather, I want to remind all of our Global Giving donors that even though we are looking to put on our shorts and swim suits and plunge into the neighborhood pool, that we just got over one of the coldest seasons Oregon has seen in years. With all the cold, wet, windy and yes, the “S” word – snowy weather we had, many of our fellow Oregonians had a really tough time keeping their heat on and keeping their families warm this past winter.
With all of the families and individuals that had trouble keeping their heat on, we have some great news to share. With the donations that came in from great Global Givers, 20 families did not have to worry about keeping their homes warm. Since the beginning of the Global Giving Energy Assistance for Low-Income Oregon Families Project started, more than $6,100 has been donated to keep our friends and neighbors warm and the power on in their homes. All together over the past year, Oregon HEAT has been able to help more than 5,000 families throughout Oregon stay warm and keep their lights on this past winter. That says a lot about the kindness and thoughtful donors we have who want to help their fellow Oregonians stay warm during the winter months.
Oregon HEAT has some other great news. This is our 25th Anniversary year. Oregon HEAT started serving Oregonians with emergency energy assistance back in 1989. Since then more than 250,000 Oregonians had somewhere to turn to help with heating and power. At the start of our 25th Anniversary year, Oregon HEAT is also changing its name. We are now called HEAT Oregon. This means we are taking more of an active role and as an action statement – we are Heating Oregonians homes during the winter- our new mission statement is “Gifting Warmth and Power to Oregonians facing hardships.”
With all this exciting new news, I can’t say enough thanks to all who have supported HEAT Oregon over these past 25 years and that we look forward to the future and to deepen our relationship with those who already believe in our mission and introduce others to our cause.
Please join us in our new mission and continue to support us – without you - we cannot help everyone we do.
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