FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Event: 12:00 pm Thursday, May 24th, 2018 Community Resource Center
Energy Project Partnership Celebration
940 Pennsylvania Ave, East Liverpool. OH 43920

Media Contact:

CAA of Columbiana County
Tom Andrews, Chief Executive Officer Tom.Andrews@caaofcc.org
(330) 424-7221, ext.104

East Liverpool, Ohio – The Community Resource Center (CRC) Energy Project Partnership Celebration will be hosted by the Community Action Agency of Columbiana County (CAA) and the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) on Thursday, May 24th, 2018.

Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), CAA of Columbiana County and COAD recently partnered together to make important improvements to the CRC in East Liverpool. The CRC serves low-income individuals in Columbiana County, OH; Hancock County, WV; and Beaver County, PA, providing day care, food assistance programs, senior programs, after school programs, mobile dental and health labs and summer youth programs. However, providing these programs became increasingly difficult due to issues with the building that made it uncomfortable – hot in the summer and cold in the winter – and expensive due to high energy bills.

Columbia Gas of Ohio performed an energy audit in December, 2017, and identified several opportunities for improving the energy efficiency and comfort of the building. Through its energy efficiency programs, Columbia Gas of Ohio provided funding for two power-vented hot water heaters, six furnaces, air sealing, duct repairs and 10,260 lbs. of cellulose insulation and 1800 lbs. of blown fiberglass, all installed by trained staff of CAA of Columbiana.

AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency programs made it possible for the existing lights to be replaced with energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting will help to provide a safer more comfortable environment for the employees. The measures installed will provide robust energy savings for gas and electricity to enable the CRC to maintain essential services to the community.

Key officials such as Mayor Ryan Stovall, Senator Joe Schiavoni, and Representative Tim Ginter will attend in support of the partnership between four great organizations and their effort to assist a local treasure. CAA of Columbiana will showcase a variety of work that has been completed on the CRC, including furnace installs, hot water tank installs, weatherization measures, and LED lighting installs.

CAA of Columbiana County is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization established in 1965 that serves the residents of Columbiana and surrounding counties. CAAs mission is to provide affordable, comprehensive, and quality services that will strengthen the community and lead to self-sufficiency. CAA is the local grantee for the Head Start Preschool Program, the county’s Community Action Rural Transit System (CARTS), and the Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization programs. CAA also operates Health, Behavioral Health, and Dental Centers at five locations throughout Columbiana County. More information about CAA’s programs and services can be found at www.caaofcc.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/caacolumbiana.

”We’re impressed with the commitment of Columbia Gas to the community and willingness to help an organization carry out their mission by continuing to provide vital services.” Tom Andrews, Chief Executive Officer CAA of Columbiana County.

“This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when people of good intention work together. The generous support of Columbia Gas and the adept workforce of C.A.A of Columbiana County have come together to provide critical support to an organization that is vital to the community it serves. We are delighted to be part of this worthy project”. Ron Rees, Executive Director of COAD.

“Our motto is ‘People Helping People,’ and thanks to Columbia Gas beginning the process and providing funding, COAD coordinating the project and CAA of Columbiana County’s Weatherization crew, we will be able to continue helping the people of our community.” Denise Taylor, Executive Director of Community Resource Center.