On April 24, Oberlin First Church voted to donate $45,000.00 to POWER (Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly), according to a press release.
The donation is presented as a Challenge Grant, to encourage additional contributions from members of First Church and the Oberlin community.
Oberlin First Church, UCC, is an open and assertive congregation, just for peace, global mission and green justice, according to the statement.
“Jesus’ great commandment calls us to love God and to love our neighbor,” said Pastor David Hill. “Through this donation, we seek to partner with the Oberlin community to ensure that all of our neighbors have access to energy efficient, safe and healthy housing.”
Founded in 2009, POWER is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to make homes in Oberlin more energy efficient, according to the release.
An energy-efficient home costs less to heat and cool, and is healthier and more comfortable.
Energy efficiency also improves air quality and fights climate change by reducing carbon emissions and pollution.
“This donation is deeply appreciated and will help pay for needed work that we would not otherwise be able to do,” said Ben Hobbs, Chairman of POWER’s Board of Directors. “We are honored by the trust that First Church places in us.”
“A lot of homes have issues that need to be addressed before we can do any weatherization work,” said POWER’s energy advocate Greg Jones. “This money will help us replace broken furnaces and repair roofs and other structural issues for families who cannot afford this work.
All Oberlin residents, including those who rent, are eligible for free POWER services and home efficiency grants.
Utility rebates and POWER subsidies typically cover between 60% and 100% of the cost of weatherization.
Jones can be reached at 440-935-0995 to schedule a free viewing of any home.
First Church invites the community of Oberlin to contribute to the challenge grant campaign and support POWER’s vision to create a community of comfortable, affordable and healthy homes.
Donations can be sent by June 15 to First Church in Oberlin, 106 N. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074, or through the firstchurchoberlin.org website.
Donors should put “POWER MATCH” in the memo line of their checks.