10 Ottawa frontline agencies to receive nearly $170,000 for energy-saving projects
October 22, 2014 - Hydro Ottawa and United Way Ottawa have announced funding for 10 agencies—serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—to make needed capital improvements to cut their energy use. The goal is to reduce an agency’s operating costs so that more dollars can be directed into programs for people in need, said the utility.
By Alyssa Dalton
More than $132,000 from the utility’s Brighter Tomorrows Fund and nearly $37,000 in Ontario Power Authority (OPA) incentives were awarded. A range of energy-efficient replacements and upgrades will be completed in 2014, including installing efficient heating and cooling systems, purchasing new appliances, replacing drafty windows and upgrading lighting systems.
“Our business-giving model creates meaningful partnerships between our business, non-profit agencies and the United Way to help address causes that align with our corporate goals,” said Bryce Conrad, president and CEO of Hydro Ottawa. “It’s my hope that we’ll inspire other businesses to look at ways they can create a similar targeted investment model for a cause they care about.”
This year’s fund recipients are:
• Carty House
• Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter
• Heartwood House
• Minwaashin Lodge
• Multifaith Housing Initiative
• Operation Come Home
• Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation
• Shepherds of Good Hope
• St. Joe’s Supper Table
• Youville Centre
“We are so grateful to Hydro Ottawa and United Way for all the support they have provided to Shepherds of Good Hope through the Brighter Tomorrows Fund. Their assistance has made significant capital improvements in our facilities which helps to save money and increases our ability to provide for the over 1600 people we serve each day,” said Deirdre Freiheit, CEO of Shepherds of Good Hope.