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About Champion Energy

Champion Energy Services, a Calpine (NYSE: CPN) company, is one of the largest and fastest-growing retail electricity providers (REPs) in the United States. Champion Energy currently serves residential, governmental, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets throughout the United States.

2018 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

Champion Energy is committed to the community and charities we support, as we work to power lives and power businesses. The Champion Scholars scholarship program was created to recognize those that feel the same way. We received over 4,000 applications, from students in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and Delaware.

Applications were evaluated based on academic performance, awards, volunteerism, and the response to this question: Being a champion is about more than winning or being number one. Sometimes being a champion is about giving back to the community, standing up for your beliefs, or supporting a cause you believe in. What makes you a champion in your school or community? We are very proud to recognize this year’s scholarship winners:

$5,000 Champion Scholars Award

Brooke Rennie from Red Oak, Texas

Brooke is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Brooke attends Red Oak High School  where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Brooke is involved with Student Council, the art club, debate team, and soccer to name a few. She will be studying Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin.


“I have explored different interests and found the things that I feel real passion for and married them with the traits and gifts that I excel at. I have patched together a quilt of hobbies, activities and experiences that I believe give a truly accurate description of who I am as a person. I agree that being a champion encompasses more than just being the best at something. Being a champion means channeling the talents and gifts that you have to work with…putting one hundred percent of your effort into doing something meaningful.”

$3,000 Champion Scholars Award

Luke Brenek from Cypress, Texas

Luke is the recipient of a $3,000 Champion Scholars award. Luke attends Cypress Ranch High School and has been active in many volunteer efforts, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in helping those in need.

“A champion is someone who supports those who cannot support themselves, and that is what we should all strive to do. I am a champion in my community because I have gained many qualities through volunteer work that have stayed with me and will help me in the future to continue in my service of others.”

$2,000 Champion Scholars Award

Melody Shannon from Powderly, Texas

Melody is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Melody is active with FFA (Future Farmers of America). Additionally, she has volunteered with the Salvation Army, local nursing homes, animal shelters and more. She will be studying Land Surveying at Oklahoma State University with ambitions to attend law school in the future.


“I am doing my best to serve others.  In the future, I hope to influence government agencies to create stricter guidelines for grain bin safety.  As a surveyor and lawyer, I feel that I will have the means and education to lobby and advocate for this very important issue.  My hope is that I can be champion for deserving causes.”

Learn more about Champion Energy’s commitment to community service.

National Day of Service

Champion Energy champions many causes in the community. Today, on National Day of Service, we recognize four employees who give back to the community. Honorees will get a night on the town, and Champion will make a $250 donation to each honoree’s favorite charity.

  Back 2 Basics Ministry  

Joe – Supervisor, User Acceptance Testing

“My favorite non-profit is Back 2 Basics. We focus primarily on teenagers in Harris and Montgomery County shelters, mental health facilities, foster homes, as well as those on the streets. Back 2 Basics tries to be the “constant” in these kids’ lives. No matter where a child moves, Back 2 Basics will always be there to support them.”

 

  Houston Food Bank  

Ashton – Customer Care Quality Assurance Agent

“While being employed here at Champion Energy I’ve volunteered three times at the Houston Food Bank Keegan Kitchen location. There’s always this awesome feeling knowing I’m headed to prepare meals for kids who are in need. The Houston Food Bank has a huge impact, bringing individuals together for a great cause.”

 

Houston Children’s Charity   

Trent – IT Testing Analyst

“My wife and I volunteer with the Houston Children’s Charity. They do a wonderful job supplying backpacks, beds, books, toiletries, and so many other essentials to children in the Houston community.

Most recently, we have helped with 4 homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding. It touched me that through everything, people remained hopeful and full of laughter. It’s hard, but we have to remember that as long as we’re still here we have the opportunity to grow and flourish.”

 

  Habitat for Humanity  

Poat – IT Project Manager

“Through Champion, I have helped build frames for houses at Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at Kids’ Meals. I’ve walked and raised funds for March of Dimes 4 years in a row. Giving back is important to me.”

 

Make a Difference in Your Community

When you give back to others, you receive so much in return. Search some of the following sites to find a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests. Volunteer Match is a national volunteer matching website. Simply search your geographic area and area of interest to find an opportunity near you.

Champion Energy focuses our charitable efforts on youth programs and ending homelessness. Here are organizations that Champion Energy supports with donations and volunteers:

 

Here’s How You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Houston and the Gulf Coast communities are strong and resilient, but will need help and support to rebuild and clean up after such a widespread event. Houston is where we live and work.  The Texas Gulf Coast is where roughly half of our residential customers reside. Champion Energy, a Calpine Company, is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross Gulf Coast Chapter.

Seeing the images of destruction and rescues motivate us to do what we do best — support each other in times of need. If you are looking for ways to help, we have assembled a list of resources for you and your area.

Give Financial Donations

If you would like to support the Gulf Coast community, there will be a great need of resources to rebuild and help those impacted by catastrophic flooding. Choosing a charity that resonates with you and helps the impacted areas doesn’t need to be confusing. Donate to the Red Cross, or visit Charity Navigator to see organizations directly working in the Gulf Coast area hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.

Give to Fellow Champions

In addition to our Red Cross donation, we’re giving back directly to our customers, and you can to.  Through the Power Partners program, you can donate through a check box on your bill, or through a special YouCaring account we have set up for this purpose.

All Power Partners donations September 1 through December 31 will be matched at 2X our normal level, $2 for every $1 given, up to a $10,000 match per individual donor.

Power Partners funds bill assistance for low income customers, administered through Sheltering Arms and other agencies. It will also fund a discretionary account to give bill assistance to customers who do not qualify for social services, but who have faced significant loss during this storm event.

Give your Time

Organizing the manpower to help in the communities is managed by several nonprofits and fed by numerous smaller groups. From loosely based teams, to larger faith based and non-governmental organizations, you can find a way to help. Register with one of the groups below, or contact a faith based organization near you to determine if they are sending in volunteers.

volunteerhouston.org
redcross.org/volunteer

Give Donation Items

While some may feel compelled to donate specific household items to disaster survivors, please remember that this may create a burden on responding agencies, as they must collect, sort, clean, and distribute items. Most of the local shelters and relief areas do not need clothing, but consumables. Check with your local agencies to determine if they have the resources to accept and deliver items to needed relief areas. Things you can donate include:

Bedding and pillows
Diapers
Baby wipes
Baby formula
Baby food
Wheelchairs
Dog food
Cat food
Cat litter
Insulin
Cell phone chargers
Feminine hygiene products
Power strips
Wet wipes
Socks
Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap)