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.

4 Energy Saving Tips to Gobble up this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away. While we can’t help with the cooking, we can provide you some energy saving tips. Check out the below tips and start using them today in preparation for the holiday.

  • Large guest list? Before your guests start arriving, lower the temperature of your thermostat by a degree or two. Large groups of people naturally generate heat so give your heating system a break.
  • One trip only. Double check your ingredients list for the meal before you open the fridge. Opening the door multiple time lets out more air and forces the compressor to work harder.
  • Keep it closed. Stop opening the door to check on your turkey and turn on the oven light. Each time you open the oven door you lose a significant amount of heat forcing you use the oven longer.
  • Cool it down. Before adding that steaming hot appetizer to the fridge, allow it to cool down first. This is let the fridge do its thing without needing to work overtime.

Source: http://www.eei.org/resourcesandmedia/energynews/Pages/12%20Energy-Saving%20Tips%20to%20Gobble%20Up%20This%20Thanksgiving.aspx

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: