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Winter 2017: Community Spotlight

Winter 2017: Community Spotlight

January 1, 2017


I was just five years old when my parents got divorced. Due to circumstances I didn’t understand back then, both of my parents had trouble making ends meet for us three kids – my two siblings and I were constantly moving into “new” apartments in different towns while we switched schools as often as every six months.  In the midst of all that, our utilities were turned off more than once; I knew what it was like to take cold showers in the dark or worry about where my next meal was coming from.

While I was very lucky to have an extended family network with the resources to support us and help us get back on our feet during those hard times, not everybody has the luxury of that same familial support.

That is why I give 100% to my job at Oregon Energy Fund every day. I love contributing to my community and using my skills to educate people about energy deprivation and the many ways we can all help our neighbors in their time of need.   My experience has taught me that no parent should have to make the choice between paying the rent or paying utilities, and every child deserves to grow up in a warm, stable home.

Thank you for supporting Oregon Energy Fund. Because of your compassion and generosity, I get to work at my dream job, and we all get to help make our little corner of the world a better place for everyone.

Christiane Fitzgerald, Marketing & Development Coordinator