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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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CEP Takes on Solar

Community Energy Project is delighted to announce that we are working with Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and MPower to bring solar education to low-income Oregon residents! Thanks to funding from Meyer Memorial Trust, BEF and Mpower will work with community organizations and multi-family housing developments to install solar panels on rooftops. CEP will then provide workshops to residents to learn about how shared solar works. With the passage of Senate Bill 1547 came new legislation

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Best Wishes, Rob!

If you had a chance to meet Rob Hemphill over the last two and a half years, it was likely as a volunteer.  He trained and coordinated over 450 volunteers to weatherize homes for seniors and people with disabilities, teach workshops, assemble conservation and safety kits, enter data, answer phones, and more. Rob was instrumental in the creation of our first  Workshop Leader training academy,

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Winter Has Arrived!

There is no doubt that winter has arrived! This winter has been dramatic, bringing ice storms, snow, and high winds. Many people were struck with a double-whammy of lost wages and increased energy bills from freezing temperatures and more time spent at home. High winds cut through every gap to make uncomfortable drafts. Defend yourself from the cold of winter! You don’t have to

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Martin Luther King Jr – Service Day

What a great day of service in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In partnership with Hands On Portland and the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, many Portland area charities, including Community Energy Project, offered volunteer opportunities to those who would like observe the great Dr. King’s day of remembrance by giving service to their communities. Despite the freezing cold, snow, and icy weather, 16 volunteers came

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Thank You Lyle for 11 Years of Service!

Lyle just celebrated 11 years as a volunteer for Community Energy Project.  Now that’s service! Lyle Funderburk has always had a desire to do something for the community he lives in.  Back in January of 2006 he found CEP.  He read an ad at a café in NE Portland looking for a volunteer to help CEP with some day–to-day operations.  He thought sure. I

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I Almost Lost My Home

Small repairs can make a BIG difference! Things got a little scary for DeNice recently. She received notice from her homeowner’s insurance that she had violations on her property that could lead to policy cancellation.  She couldn’t afford to have the repairs made so her insurance company dropped her policy. “ If I don’t have insurance I could lose my home! My mortgage requires me to

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Lead a weatherization volunteer team!

You can join our In Homes team and lead a team of volunteers in installing window weatherization. As a Crew Leader (CL) for In-Home Services, you will work directly with volunteers, providing them with on-site management including instruction, assigning duties, spot-checking their work, and finally leading the group through a debrief about their volunteer experience and the project. Your time will help us lead 15 Volunteer Days

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Keeping Warm is Really Cool

“We save on average $20.00 every month on our electricity bill.”  That’s what Etienne and Claire Lamme said after we weatherized their home last fall. The 1920’s bungalow in SE Portland, handed down to Etienne from his parents, has all its original windows and doors and really needed some draft-stopping measures.  A “cool”from NW Natural participated in one of our volunteer weatherization days at Etienne

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It’s About Accessibility

For the past 25 years, Pat Benton has lived with muscular dystrophy, making it difficult to get comfortable, get in and out of the bath tub, or even walk through her front door. A longtime renter in North Portland, Pat has worked with Community Energy Project to make life a little easier in her small 3 bedroom home.

Muscular dystrophy can be exceptionally painful when temperatures rise. To keep Pat comfortable, we took measures to keep her home cool in warm weather.

With the Expanded Repair program, we were able to make accessibility upgrades to Pat’s bathtub, build a ramp to her front door, and install handrails. These changes allow her to easily use her walker and motorized scooter to come and go with ease.

Pat on ScooterI love my new ramp and the grab bars to get into and out of the house, it makes me feel like I am a normal person, even with my MS,” Pat Said, “I feel much safer in the bathroom too,” she added.

Falling can have serious and even lethal consequences for seniors, something that people at risk are cautious to avoid. The realistic fear of falling, especially when living alone, can be extremely limiting and can lead to lack of mobility in the home.

Pat expressed a gratitude that there are programs for people like her with a disability so she can continue to live in her home. It gives her a sense of security without the risks of falling, access to the outdoors and to do so in comfort.

Pay upcloseHolding back the tears, she said, “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I appreciate the help so much, it’s like a family taking care of me, and keeping me independent!

There are many seniors and people with disabilities who face serious safety and access issues in and around their homes. Even with the funds from the Portland Housing Bureau and the generous contributions from supporters, there remains a gap in funding to help all those in need. CEP’s Weatherization, Emergency Home Repairs and Expanded Home Repair programs, allow people like Pat to receive the life changing assistance they need.

If you would like to help people in your community with these programs, please make a donation to CEP today. You can join the hundreds of other Portlanders who share in Community Energy Project’s mission to have a safe, healthy, efficient home regardless of their income, and give back to their community.