We keep families efficiently warm and safe. Low-income families often live in older, leaky housing. Our free energy audits and free energy upgrades improve their homes so that the people who can least afford to pay high energy bills now enjoy energy-efficient homes. We reduced energy usage an average of 20 percent in over 2,000 local homes in the last two years.
Energy efficiency is not the low-hanging fruit; it is the fruit lying on the ground. We are picking it up for vulnerable families every day. Not only do we reduce wasted energy, we also find and repair carbon monoxide issues and gas leaks that threaten lives. We are the only help of this kind available for people in need.
Thanks for giving us your birth year. There is a special matching grant available to the organization in each category that garners the most donations from folks in their 20's and 30's. One of the big focuses of this campaign is to encourage younger citizens to become more active donors.
When Give! ends at the stroke of midnight, December 31, 2012, our goal is to have raised more than $800,0000 -- that's $100,000 more than we raised last year. To help us on our way, generous local businesses, foundations and individuals have pledged more than a quarter million dollars in Matching Grants and Friendly Competition Awards for our 58 participating nonprofits.