Small Repair, Big Difference

Imagine if a broken step could keep you from being able to leave your home. Or if you needed a handrail to navigate stairs – and without that handrail you can only enjoy one level of a two-story home. If you’re able-bodied, these things might not mean much to you – but for those with mobility issues a few improvements can be life-changing… or

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HDR starts CEP Volunteer Days on a High Note

Employees from HDR Engineering Inc. kicked off CEP Volunteer Days in grand fashion by helping to weatherize two homes on October 14. “It is extremely important to have plastic on the windows,” said Shirley. “I am very fortunate to have this work done at my home and my Dad’s place. It makes a world of difference when it starts getting cold and the wind

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CEP Builds Stairs of Security for Evelyn

For over 40 years, Evelyn has lived in a NE Portland home built in the 1920s. She survived breast cancer in the early 2000s and now suffers from Type 2 diabetes. A neighbor introduced Evelyn to Community Energy Project and she called to have Service Technicians fix the deteriorating front steps of her home. Recently, the technicians were back, to replace rotted and broken

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Getting the Lead Out – One Paint Chip at a Time

In 2002, when Gretchan Jackson and her husband Kurt purchased a home built in 1957, they were not aware that lead was in the exterior paint. “The house had been newly painted for selling and as new homeowners, painting nor lead wasn’t on our radar,” said Gretchan. “It wasn’t until the paint became degraded did we begin to recall there might be lead in

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Farewell Ron!

Ron Bannister, our Development Director, is in for some serious changes in his life! In this month, he will be marrying his long-term partner and moving to California. Unfortunately, the commute is unrealistic for him to stay at CEP, so we must bid him a very fond farewell. Over the past year, Ron has worked hard to build a robust donor-centric environment where supporters

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Solar & Cooling Workshop

Community Energy Project is working with Bonneville Environmental Foundation to create a new workshop specifically for tenants in low-income housing that are having solar panels installed on the roof. However, given the fact that solar in Oregon has recently become a relevant topic for low-income households and that we’ve had a toasty summer, we thought we would offer the workshop to the public. We

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Busy Times at Portland City Council

At a May 4th Portland City Council meeting, CEP’s Natalya Sobevskaya appeared before the Council to give testimony as to the importance of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) grant program, specifically urging them to fund the grant for Weatherization and Lead Prevention workshops for Russian Speaking Communities. This grant would allot Community Energy Project to offer workshops dedicated specifically to Russian speaking communities

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2017 Spring Social Raises $16,000!

Community Energy Project is delighted to announce that with all the fantastic support, our 2017 Spring Social, held at the Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Portland Community Room on May 9th was a huge success.  126 people came out in support and together raised more than $16,000 to continue the work of CEP. During the event, CEP’s Executive Director, Charity Fain and Board President, Jeff Cole handed out the

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Join our Advisory Committee!

Do you love CEP’s programs? Do you have a passion for environmental justice, low-income issues? Community Energy Project is assembling a new Advisory Committee to help us keep our programs relevant, cutting edge, and effective while we work within our mission. Each meeting will give the group an opportunity to learn and inform us about new possible projects, programs, and approaches to solving issues

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Join Us for a Solar Discussion!

CEP has been working with other agencies to help shape legislation around Community Solar in Oregon, and to design solar education for low-income communities. We are looking for input from people who have experience living with a low income, working with those who experience low-income, or anyone who would like to talk about the topic in a fun and spirited way. Depending on interest,

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