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Champion Energy: A Message Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Fellow Texans,

For many of us, the days since Hurricane Harvey made landfall have been among the most difficult of our lives. We have all seen homes damaged or destroyed. Even worse, some of us have lost loved ones.

While it’s always saddening to hear about a natural disaster or tragedy occurring somewhere in the world, this is different. Texas is our home. Both Champion Energy and our parent company Calpine are headquartered in Houston, and many of our employees and families have been affected by this storm.

Texans are strong and resilient people. Many of you have put yourselves in harm’s way helping your neighbors. The news coverage seen around the globe has shown the world how we care for one another and the risks we are willing to take for total strangers in need. The world has seen our resolve and we are not done helping each other yet. We will get through this disaster and we will lift each other up to rebuild, just as we have in the past.

Champion Energy started in Houston so it is no surprise that roughly half of our residential customers live in the greater Houston area and along the Gulf Coast. You’ve been there for us. We are here for you.

For our part, Champion Energy is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in our community. Moreover, we are committed to working with you through this hardship by waiving late fees and extending payment terms to anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. And we’re doubling our donation match to the Power Partners fund to $2 for every $1 donated, matching up to $10,000 per individual donor.

I am a Texan and have lived here most of my life. Like you, I know what we’re made of; now the rest of the world does, too. While grieving over what has been lost, I am certain that Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast will remain the strong and vibrant community we love.

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Red Cross or donating, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.

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Michael Sullivan
President & CEO
Champion Energy

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)

How To Cope After A Natural Disaster


“I feel overwhelmed.”

You may be feeling overwhelmed by recent storm events. It helps to know that you are not alone.

Over half Champion Energy’s customers and most of our employees live in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Even if you weren’t directly impacted by the storm, living through a major crisis or even watching it on television, produces many different types of feelings.

You may feel anxiety, depression, confusion and tension. You may find it hard to function, or have trouble making decisions. You may want to talk to somebody to decide “where do I start?”

The United Way of Houston has created an excellent guide, “After the Storm.”  Download a copy and share it with friends and family.  While developed for the Houston area, it also includes checklists as a starting place.

https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/assets/uploads/documents/news-publications/Greater-Houston-after-the-storm-2017.pdf

Wherever you are in Texas, you can dial 211 and reach the United Way Helpline.  This line an answered 24/7 and an agent can direct you to local resources.

(Remember, in the case of an emergency, always dial 911)