Community Action Newsletter
October 2016

Community Action
A Message from Executive Director RenĂ©e Bruce
When fal l a rrives, I'm always reminded of how grateful I am to have a sa fe,  wa rm and cozy house to come home to. Maintaining a home is a lot of work and requires resources, especially if we want it to run safely and efficiently. Many of our neighbors don't have the resources available to make important repairs or replacements. Fortunately Community Action has an amazing team of people dedicated to providing weatherization and energy conservation services to low-income families throughout Washington County.

October 30 is National Weatherization Day, and I am especially proud to celebrate this day because Community Action is improving the energy efficiency of homes for low-income families every day! This past year our team was incredibly productive, providing comprehensive weatherization services to 144 households. These kinds of home improvements are cost-prohibitive for families living month-to-month, but because of our work, they now have more efficient and cost effective homes. We receive many thanks from these families who now have a safe and warm home!
     
Wood Stove Exchange in Washington County

Older and uncertified woodstoves and inserts are inefficient, dirty and pollute the air inside your home and around your neighborhood. If you use one of these old stoves to stay warm in the winter, Washington County can help you replace it with a new heating system for little or no cost.
 
Washington County is now offering rebates of $1,500-$3,500* when you replace your old wood stove or insert with one of the following:
 
Electric ductless heat pump
Gas stove or insert
Pellet stove or insert
Gas furnace
EPA-certified wood stove or insert (Only available to households who are eligible for a free replacement)
 
*Some households will qualify for a FREE replacement, based on income.

 

Community Action Staff Volunteer
Earlier this month staff from Community Action joined with one of our partners, Rebuilding Together Washington County, to help the residents of Heritage Village, a manufactured home community in Beaverton. The residents, many of whom are elderly, have been cited for a number of minor violations of community rules by the property owner, meaning they could face eviction. Evictions are costly, not only for the family, but to our community as a whole. Community Action staff, along with many other community volunteers, came together to help these residents stay in their homes by helping to complete several projects that were cited as violations, such as painting, fence repair, and landscaping fixes. You can read more about the day in The Oregonian.
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of #Giving Tuesday? On Tuesday, November 29, # OregoniansGive will bring together people from every city, town, and rural community, in a statewide #GivingTuesday celebration  of what it means to be Oregonian. Celebrate the generous spirit that makes this a great place to live by giving to Community Action or another nonprofit you support on November 29! Click here to learn more about #GivingTuesday in Oregon.
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