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EOC the only organization in state raising money for energy assistance

Heidi RiceRifle Correspondent

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only organization in the state that raises money to help struggling families and seniors pay their energy bills. It generates funds primarily through foundation grants, corporate contributions and private donations from residents.”The increasing need for energy assistance in this state has outpaced the funds available,” said Skip Arnold, executive director of the EOC. “We hope to be able to give out more this year, but that depends on donations.”According to the EOC, one out of every five families in Colorado qualifies for energy assistance for heating bills.”There were about 336,000 families that qualified for the program last year, but only 110,000 got help,” said Jennifer Gremmert, deputy director of the EOC. “A lot of people were not aware of the program or they were too proud to use it.”Along with heating bills, the EOC will also assist with weatherization of an affordable home to make it more energy efficient.Those wanting more information or to request a LEAP (Low income Energy Assistance Program) application, can call (866) HEAT-HELP ((866) 432-8435). For weatherization, call (888) HEATLINE. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation, should go to the EOC Web site atwww.EnergyOutreach.org.Those wanting more information or to request a LEAP (Low income Energy Assistance Program) application, can call (866) HEAT-HELP ((866) 432-8435). For weatherization, call (888) HEATLINE. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation, should go to the EOC Web site atwww.EnergyOutreach.org.


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