Giving back to the community we live and work in is a cornerstone of LONG Building Technologies’ values. We are honored to contribute to, work with and volunteer for a number of different charitable organizations throughout Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming and Utah:
LONG Volunteers – Denver Rescue Mission
While many show an outpouring of support during the holidays, LONG knows that people need help throughout the entire year. The Denver Rescue Mission is a housing, rehabilitation and emergency care center for those needing some extra support located in downtown Denver, Colorado. LONG’s accounting department volunteered as a group, cooking and serving dinner at the facility in Summer 2012 and has since extended their visits to once a month as well as their invite to the entire company. Employees from all corners of LONG volunteer their time at the Denver Rescue Mission on the last Thursday of each month and have been inspired by the people they have met and the stories they have heard. We feel honored to be able to give back to our community on a regular basis through this wonderful organization.
Each year, LONG donates a portion of our profits to charities that are near and dear to our employees’ hearts. The LONG Endowment Committee chooses several charities in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada that serve senior citizens, children or promote the conservation of our natural resources to support annually based on employee nominations. Special consideration is given to organizations that have one or more LONG employees involved in an active volunteer role. These are some of the charities we have supported in the past:
Arising Hope, Eastlake, CO
Arising Hope provides safe and secure housing to victims of domestic violence. Arising Hope also assists victims on legal concerns, safety planning, secondary housing transportation, life-skills coaching, employment and/or job training and any other area of concern.
Autism Society of Colorado, Lakewood Colorado
Autism Society of Colorado serves individuals and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and also provides guidance, education, support and leadership to health and rehabilitation providers, state departments and policy makers.
Urban Peak, Colorado Springs Colorado
Urban Peak of Colorado Springs provides support services to homeless and run away youth in the Colorado springs area including; transitional housing, legal advocacy, counseling referral, Health and medical care and educational assistance.
Central Wyoming Hospice, Casper, Wyoming
Central Wyoming Hospice Program is Natrona County and Glenrock’s only community supported non-profit hospice devoted solely to end-of-life care. CWH offers outpatient care, inpatient care, as well as bereavement counseling to patients and their families.
Impact Orphans, Littleton Colorado
Impact Orphans is a non-denominational outreach organization partnering with Jefferson County, Project 127, foster care programs and other organizations with an emphasis on orphans and their care locally and abroad.
Colorado Hornets Youth Athletic Organization, Thorton, Colorado
The Colorado Hornets Youth Athletic Organization helps youth build a positive future through setting and achieving goals in school and athletics, and is built to provide youths the ability to play competitive basketball and baseball at a state and national level.
Realities for Children, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Realities for Children is dedicated to serving the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in Larimer County.
Helping Hearts Program, Henderson, Nevada
Helping Hearts is established to serve children and families who have dire financial need (due to death, medical, loss of employment, etc.) and work to provide immediate relief for those in underserved areas.
Colorado Center for the Blind, Littleton, Colorado
Colorado Center for the Blind provides and innovative service model that focuses on personal challenge and confidence building with instruction in blindness skills such as braille and can travel, setting students on the path towards independence and self-sufficiency.
ASHRAE and Investive Building Projects improve local shelter
The Denver Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, clothing and rehabilitation services to men, women and children in need for more than 120 years. The 80-year-old building that serves as the Lawrence Street Shelter in downtown Denver has been in operation since 1972 and was picked up by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as its 2013 Sustainability Project. Denver was selected to host the ASHRAE Annual Summer Meeting this year and in an effort to counterbalance the impact of that meeting, a sustainability project is completed in the host city.
“The spirit behind the project is to offset our carbon footprint,” said Dave Olson, ASHRAE 2013 Annual Conference Chair.
Since 2010, ASHRAE has raised $400,000 and Investive Building Projects, LONG’s energy services team, along with several other companies in the Denver area have donated time, labor and materials to renovate the shelter’s deteriorating systems, while also creating a sustainable environment. Investive donated the time and labor it took to perform the energy audit on the entire facility.
Denver Rescue Mission employees and companies involved in the project along with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and ASHRAE President Tom Watson gathered at the Denver Rescue Mission to hear an update on the project on February 6.
The main goals for the three-story, 23,000-square-foot facility were to lower energy usage by 30 percent, create better indoor air quality and increase occupant comfort. Several energy measures have been implemented or are in the process of implementation including lighting upgrades, building automation, steam system replacement and new air conditioning units. While DRM employees and volunteers have noted that the building already feels warmer, the items they are most excited about are the upgraded hot water heaters and solar hot water system. With more than 300 occupants per night, the old, small hot water heaters could not handle the demand for hot showers at the end of the day.
“After the hardships of the day, warm showers are definitely therapeutic, but that has become a problem,” Jonnell Ashley, Shelter Supervisor said. “This project will change that.”
The DRM serves up to 1,000 meals daily and three meals per day to poor and homeless men, women and children. This project is expected to save the shelter $19,000 annually, which is equal to 10,000 meals, all while reducing the carbon footprint of this high energy usage facility.
“Projects like this help us be here longer and do this good work,” Josh Geppelt, Director of the Lawrence Street Shelter said.
For more information about this project and to follow updates, please visit http://www.ashraedenver2013.org/.
Photos: Above – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock addresses the group. Below – Investive Energy Manager, Jeff McEntee and LONG/Investive Marketing Manager, Lara Hastings with ASHRAE President, Tom Watson and ASHRAE 2013 Annual Conference Chair, Dave Olson.
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