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About Champion Energy

Champion Energy Services, a Calpine company, currently serves residential, governmental, commercial and industrial customers in deregulated electric energy markets throughout the United States.

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)

Better Business Bureau Recognizes Champion Energy Services with Winner of Distinction Award

Front Row: Angela Garcia, Osmar Pineda, Diana Ambriz Back Row: Aaron Hernandez & Anna Acosta

In recognizing businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace, Champion Energy was one of 292 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on May 10, 2017. Recognized as a Winner of Distinction, this was the 8th time to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence.

 

2017 Champion Scholars Scholarship Winners

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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 2,000 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  

Nivedhitha Selvaraj from Spring, Texas

Nivedhitha is the recipient of a $5,000 Champion Scholars award. Nivedhitha attends The Woodlands High School where she succeeds in and out of the classroom. Nivedhitha is an avid youth education advocate, and hopes to use her education to further this cause. She will be studying Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

“I have firsthand experience with how incorporating technological tools can transform a student’s learning experience, because I have focused over 400 hours of community service on youth education. Time and time again, I have seen how investing in the right tools can empower and encourage students to learn far better than traditional methods. I want to inspire other learners and impact the world.”

 

  $3,000 Champion Scholars Award  

Rachel Dancer from Arlington, Texas

Rachel is the recipient of a $3,000 Champion Scholars award. Rachel attends Arlington High School where she excels academically. Outside of class, she founded the Full Frame Photography Project, providing free family portraits to single parent households. Rachel will be studying Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

“The “Full Frame Photography” project was when I began to realize that everyone has stories waiting to be brought to life, and it is my purpose as an artist and a scientist to be a part of developing them. Being a Champion in the community is about seeing need and using my talents to improve the lives of others.”

 

  $2,000 Champion Scholars Award  

Aparajitha Adiraju from Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Aparajitha is the recipient of a $2,000 Champion Scholars award. Aparajitha shines academically at Vernon Hills High School. Her activities include serving as a math tutor for young children, as well as fighting child labor through Future Business Leaders of America. She will be studying Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.

“Being a champion is not about being the highest scorer on a test or winning every accolade. It is about finding your passions and following an individual path to success: one that is defined by happiness.”

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