OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Today Hydro Ottawa and United Way Ottawa announced funding for 10 local frontline agencies to make needed capital improvements to cut their energy use. Hydro Ottawa's Brighter Tomorrows Fund helps agencies serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness reduce operating costs so that more dollars can be directed into programs for people in need.
More than $132,000 from the Brighter Tomorrows Fund and nearly $37,000 in Ontario Power Authority incentives were awarded. A wide spectrum of energy efficient replacements and upgrades will be completed in 2014, including installing high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, purchasing new energy-efficient appliances, replacing drafty windows and upgrading lighting systems.
- This year's Brighter Tomorrows Fund recipients are: Carty House, Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter, Heartwood House, Minwaashin Lodge, Multifaith Housing Initiative, Operation Come Home, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Shepherds of Good Hope, St. Joe's Supper Table and Youville Centre.
- The corporate matching dollars from Hydro Ottawa's annual United Way workplace campaign provide the financial foundation for the Brighter Tomorrows Fund.
- Through the generosity of Hydro Ottawa and its employees, the Brighter Tomorrows Fund has invested nearly $530,000 in 50 projects over four years.
- Hydro Ottawa's United Way Workplace campaigns have raised more than $1.5 million since 2001.
- Hydro Ottawa is encouraging all its customers to show they care by signing up for paperless billing. We will make a $5 donation to the Brighter Tomorrows Fund for each customer that goes paperless before the end of 2014.
"By targeting homelessness, one of Ottawa's biggest social issues, through our Brighter Tomorrows Fund, we aim to make a lasting impact in the lives of our community and in the fight to end homelessness. Our business-giving model creates meaningful partnerships between our business, non-profit agencies and the United Way to help address causes that align with our corporate goals. It's my hope that we'll inspire other businesses to look at ways they can create a similar targeted investment model for a cause they care about."
- Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro Ottawa
"The Brighter Tomorrows Fund is making an incredible difference to many agencies that serve the homeless and those at risk of being homeless. We know that the work of Hydro Ottawa, its employees, and the Brighter Tomorrows Fund will have a strong and lasting impact on our community."
- Carole Gagnon, Vice-President, Community Services, United Way Ottawa
"We are so grateful to Hydro Ottawa and United Way for all the support they have provided to Shepherds of Good Hope through the Brighter Tomorrows Fund. Their assistance has made significant capital improvements in our facilities which helps to save money and increases our ability to provide for the over 1600 people we serve each day. The Brighter Tomorrows fund is directly responsible for improving the lives of Ottawa's most vulnerable men and women and we want to extend a big thank you to Hydro Ottawa and United Way for making it happen."
- Deirdre Freiheit CEO Shepherds of Good Hope
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third largest municipally owned electrical utility in Ontario serving more than 315,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy management services.
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Limited
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