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5th Annual Week of Giving

Champion Energy is about more than just electricity – we’re about powering life and powering communities.

Champion Energy Week of Giving 2018 logoDuring our 5th Annual Week of Giving February 12-16, 2018, we’ll donate 300+ hours of community service, and donate $15,000 to not-for-profit organizations.

This year’s charities have been selected from the many supporting our community as it recovers from Hurricane Harvey.  We are #HoustonStrong!

Houston Food Bank is the backbone of a network of agencies and food pantries across the greater Houston area and is the largest food bank in the country. For families struggling to provide for their family’s basis needs, the flooding caused by Harvey was catastrophic. In the 6 weeks following Harvey, area residents turned out in force – nearly 22,000 of them – helping the Food Bank ship out 29 million pounds of food during that period. The need continues today. Volunteer at the Houston Food Bank:  http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

Kids’ Meals is a first-responder to children ages five-years-old and under facing debilitating hunger due to extreme poverty. Every weekday, year-round, from 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers prepare thousands of healthy lunches consisting of a sandwich, nutritious snack and 100% juice or milk. Lunches are then delivered to participants in zip codes located within Beltway 8.  Unexpected expenses like Harvey flood damage can take a family teetering on the edge of poverty and push them over. Kids’ Meals helps ensure that these children don’t go hungry.  To volunteer: http://www.kidsmealshouston.org/

Houston Pets Alive!  When Hurricane Harvey hit, Houston Pets Alive (HPA) and their sister organization Austin Pets Alive sprang into action. They created triage and staging areas where abandoned and displaced animals could be housed, photographed and transported. Then they worked to reunite families with their pets. Formerly a foster-based organization, HPA has turned their Harvey emergency shelter into a full-time operation, taking in animals from area shelters, exclusively pulling off shelter euthanasia lists.  Volunteers are needed daily to walk, feed and clean up after the animals.  Bonus – puppy and kitten cuddles!  For information on volunteering, adopting or fostering:  http://www.houstonpetsalive.org/

Learn more about our Champion Energy Community Initiatives from your Houston and Texas Electricity provider.

Team Calpine runs the Houston Marathon

Team Calpine Runs for a Reason at the Houston Marathon

Houston, TX Marathon Fundraising Results and ALZ Charity Support with Team Calpine

If you were one of the 250,000 estimated supporters lining the paths of the the annual Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, you watched nearly 27K people in running gear winding through the streets of Houston on January 14, 2018.

The annual event was a perfect example of why runners look forward to January in Houston. The early morning brought crisp and cold temperatures and a record setting course for the spotlight on Houston.

While there were new records set for fastest times, the Calpine Corporation cheering tent was on-site focused on supporting the many runners, employees and volunteers of the Champion Energy Services hometown. Team Calpine fielded 56 runners with 26 coming from out of town to participate.

While the Team Calpine athletes were running and focused on the finish line, they know they were also raising funds and awareness via the Run For a Reason Charity program. The program connects race participants to a philanthropic cause to raise funds and offers race registrations through the Hero Registration. This year Team Calpine worked together and selected their proceeds and efforts be directed as a group to one of the official charities, the Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. ALZ is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Team Calpine donated over $27,000 raised by the Houston based team. The Calpine sidewalk cheering and support tent was shared on race day by both Calpine and ALZ volunteers encouraging runners to keep their pace.

Calpine and ALZ volunteers 2018

The Alzheimer’s Association is the community’s leading source of dementia and brain-health information. The regions chapter serves 140,000 families affected by Alzheimer’s disease in 37 counties in southeast Texas.

Learn more at www.alz.org/texas and at the Chevron Houston Marathon Run For a Reason program.

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: