Energy Outreach Colorado is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by helping vulnerable Coloradans in crisis with home energy assistance.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, we are seeing the impacts disproportionately affect our most vulnerable neighbors across the state. Those living on fixed incomes or lower wages, and have little to no savings to fall back on, are struggling to afford their most basic needs. As this crisis continues, more people are falling behind. The entire service industry has reduced or furloughed workers, and teachers are without work due to school closures.
That is why Energy Outreach Colorado is fighting to support and advocate for our neighbors in their time of need.
You can help Energy Outreach Colorado provide critical home energy relief to households across Colorado.
How Is Energy Outreach Colorado Responding?
Our mission is to provide critical energy support to vulnerable Coloradans. This pandemic has weakened our economy and our community members. As a statewide organization that has provided more than $100 Million in assistance to people and organizations in need over the past 5 years, our resolve to stand and protect our community now is strong.
We are well positioned to accept funding and quickly distribute services to people in every county across the state.
Our staff is a team of experts that are committed to the well-being of our community members. We bring a range of expertise and training to combat energy poverty and burdens, and we are working with our network of partners to ensure that people can stay safe in their homes and focus on staying healthy.
We are prioritizing households that face a higher risk due to underlying health conditions or age, and are able to assist those families in under 48 hours.
During this pandemic, we are deploying all of our home energy resources to those in need as funding allows.
Who is Energy Outreach Colorado Helping?
For vulnerable Coloradans facing reductions in work, and increased energy bills due to being home bound – there is great concern and fear around how they will afford their home energy.
These are our neighbors in retail, service, hospitality, travel, education, and beyond. Approximately 53% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and will be immediately impacted by layoffs.
These are also people who are uninsured, and as a result are less likely to receive medical care. Many have underlying medical conditions, or are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to age.
In addition, these are small business owners and the nearly 1 million employees that work for them.
Outlook and Planning
All Coloradans are spending more time at home. We all require energy for stocked fridges, cooking appliances, and for charging their personal devices during social distancing. EOC is helping ensure Coloradans do not have the added stress of worrying about paying for high energy bills on top of new stressors.
Many Coloradans rely on energy in their homes for their survival. Those using respirators, ventilators, power wheelchairs and scooters, oxygen, and home dialysis equipment may especially be worried about rising costs.
Through our energy bill payment assistance and emergency efficiency work, we can help remove some of the additional stress on those already overburdened with health concerns.
As this crisis continues, many people will struggle to adjust to a new normal. People quarantined and practicing social distancing will need to depend on electronic means of interacting with others, including social media, streaming services, video chats, television and more. Energy Outreach Colorado will continue to work with our community to meet the challenge of increased energy use and rising costs through our programs and services.
Working to Keep Our Community Safe At Home
Our assistance is vital to those impacted by COVID-19. With your help, we can do so much more. As a community, we need to stand together and support our neighbors in need.
You can help Energy Outreach Colorado provide critical home energy relief today.
Updates and Impact
EOC Accelerates Next Quarter Funds
EOC recently released additional energy assistance funds to our agency partners across the state and we are ready to assist those who have trouble paying their energy bills.
“While I can’t predict the future, I strongly believe that many people will need our help and services in the months ahead. EOC will be ready to meet those needs.” – Jennifer Gremmert, executive director.