Category Archives: Giving Back

Support the Troops from Texas on Texas Independence Day!

Support the Troops from Texas on Texas Independence Day!This Sunday, Texas will celebrate the 178th anniversary of its independence over Mexico. On Texas Independence Day, we remember the efforts and sacrifices of the men who fought so valiantly against the arms of General Santa Ana. While we should certainly commemorate the victory that General Sam Houston wrought in the Battle of San Jacinto, it’s also a day to remember The Alamo, Goliad, and other key battles in the Texas War for Independence in 1836.

In this same spirit, First Choice Power wants to honor the people serving in the US Armed Forces. For every new customer that signs up for service with us from February 28th through March 3rd, 2014, we will donate $25 to the US military men and women in the State of Texas.

All of our plans are eligible for this promotion, as we want to maximize how much we can donate to the folks who protect our country and world so faithfully. If you like knowing the electricity rate you’ll pay each month of your contract term, we have fixed-rate plans for 3, 6, 12, and 24 months in length. If you’re the sort who prefers freedom from contracts, we have a great variable-rate plan that gives you the plan flexibility you prefer.

As a born-and-bred Texas electricity company, we want to honor our state’s historical legacy and take care of our customers in the present. This Texas Independence Day, choose First Choice Power and show your appreciation for the US military stationed in the Lone Star State.

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Reduce Your Use for Good Program

Attention Texas nonprofits! Are you looking for a way to reduce your energy consumption and cut costs? Check out our Reduce Your Use for Good program!

What’s the Reduce Your Use for Good program all about?

Our Reduce Your Use™ grants provide funding for Texas nonprofits to purchase energy-efficient products and services—so they can spend less on energy costs and more on programs that positively impact our communities! In short, everybody wins.

How to Apply:

To be eligible for our Reduce Your Use grants, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit in an area served by the ERCOT electric grid. You’ll also need to review the submission guidelines and submit your application online by August 31, 2013.

For more information, visit ReduceYourUseforGood.com/FirstChoicePower, and be sure to look at these tips for writing grants!

 

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Celebrate the Season: Give to the “Young Heroes of the Guard” Toy Drive!

A great way to celebrate the holiday season is by remembering and giving to those around you—whether it be your family, friends or someone you’ve yet to meet!

For the past four years, the Texas State Guard has been gathering presents for sick children in local hospitals. This season, bring a smile to a child’s face by partaking in the Texas State Guard’s “Young Heroes of the Guard” toy drive.

First Choice Power will again be acting as a collection point for donations. Last year, one-third of DFW’s donations were gathered from our office! Help us beat last year’s record by donating a gift and spreading the word about the drive.

All donations will be picked up on December 14th, so bring your donation to our Lewisville location today!


 

Community Comes Together in Support of Teacher

On Oct 12th, we were lucky enough to partake in “Back Porch Party Hotdog Sale,” an event created in support of Lewisville High School teacher Corey Hale. Since last summer, Hale has been suffering from complications due to surgery and has been unable to work.  To help in his recovery and ease the financial burden incurred from his medical bills, those close to Hale put together this (and many other) fundraisers.

Prior to LHS’s Homecoming game, we setup our smoker and sold hotdogs for a suggested donation price of $2. We are so happy that the school reached out to us and we loved spending a Friday night under the lights.

For more information on Corey Hale and other fundraising opportunities, visit Help Corey, a website created by Hale’s friends and coworkers.

The Clock is Ticking!

Friday, August 31st is your last chance to apply for our Reduce Your Use grant program!
We give. You save.

About the Program:
Reduce Your Use grants provide funding for Texas nonprofits to purchase energy-efficiency products and services so they can spend less on energy costs and more on programs that make a difference in the community! Under the grant program, nonprofits whose applications are approved could each be awarded up to $2,500 to fund energy-efficient upgrades.

How to apply:
To be eligible for our Reduce Your Use grant program, you need to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in an area that’s served by the ERCOT electric grid. Read the submission guidelines and submit your application online by this Friday!

Need ideas? Be sure to use these tips for writing grants! To find out how past recipients are using their funds, read about Reduce Your Use grant funds in action. 32 Texas nonprofits received grants last fall!

What are you waiting for? Apply Now!


Reduce Your Use Grant Program

Do you work with a nonprofit organization, or do you know a special nonprofit group that could benefit from a helping hand to reduce energy use? Our Reduce Your Use grant program provides funding for Texas nonprofits to purchase energy-efficiency products and services — so they can spend less on energy costs and more on programs that make a difference in the community! Under the grant program, nonprofits whose applications are approved could each be awarded up to $2,500 to fund energy-efficient upgrades.

How to apply
To be eligible for our Reduce Your Use grant program, you need to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in an area that’s served by the ERCOT electric grid. You’ll also need to read the submission guidelines and submit your application online by August 31, 2012. And be sure to look at these tips for writing grants. Good advice here, including:

  • Be persuasive. Convince your reviewer that your idea can and will make a difference.
  • Receive feedback from someone outside your school or organization.
  • Select a title that captures your idea and sparks the grant reviewer’s imagination.

The application deadline is August 31, so get started soon! And to find out how past recipients are using their funds, read about Reduce Your Use grant funds in action. 32 Texas nonprofits received grants last fall!

Going Back to School

We had a great visit today at Northside Elementary in Texas City visiting Amanda Ewer’s first grade class. Earlier this year, Ms. Ewer received a Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future grant to fund the purchase of MathStart books. Ms. Ewer had titled her grant application “AHHHH! The Math Book Is Alive,” and as one of the sponsors of the grant, we wanted to go and see these crazy monster math books for ourselves.

First Choice Power’s own Community Ambassador Catherine Carlton, plus Stephannie Richardson and Shawn Babbs from our Texas City Local office, joined Ms. Ewer’s class just after lunch. The students were working on a lesson about how to sort and count coins using the Lemonade for Sale and The Penny Pot books. “You have to know how to pay your bills,” Ms. Ewer told the class.

Bailee, a student in Ms. Ewer’s class, told us “It helps us learn and makes our brains bigger.” “They’re great… and funny,” said Lance, seven years old. Ms. Ewer explained that the MathStart books are so successful because they apply math to everyday situations, combining literature, math and science. This allows Ms. Ewer and her colleagues to teach using real-world examples and hands-on projects that create strong connections for the kids. “It gives me tools. It connects with writing and reading. I get so excited about doing math,” Ms. Ewer told us.

We were happy to help, Ms. Ewer! Just don’t give us any homework. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Current for information on everything from saving electricity to helping out kids and teachers at our local elementary.

And our $10,000 TOAF Winner is…

Earlier this week Jesus Salazar attended a First Choice Power customer party along with his wife, Maria, and his daughter, Brianna. He thought he was just coming in for some food and a party. Turns out he was coming in to be surprised that he was the grand prize winner of our 2011 Turn on a Friend program, for having the highest number of customer referrals to the company in 2011!

Jesus works in the oil field. He wasn’t supposed to be off today but he got let off early last night. Andrhea Rivera, one of our local office representatives in Mission, kicked the party off thanking all the customers there who had referred new customers to us. She asked Jesus why he does it? And he responded that First Choice Power saved him money and he wants to pass that on to his friends and family. Andrhea called him up to the front of the room saying: “Did you know you referred the most people in 2011?” And then we brought out the $10,000 big check.

“Thank you. I’m speechless,” Maria said.

When asked what they are going to do with their $10,000, Jesus replied “We’re going to Home Depot.” The family was planning to do some upgrades on their home, including new flooring and new windows, to further save on their electric bills. Congratulations, Jesus- enjoy your cash prize!

Click on the link below to check out the video from the event, and remember, the next winner could be you.

2011 Turn on a Friend Winner: Jesus Salazar

Last Month We Whirled; This Month, the Can-Can

When we were little, we loved those game shows where contestants got to spin a big wheel to win money and prizes. So we were pretty excited about our December Food First™ Facebook promotion, where we helped fulfill Texas food banks’ “holiday wish list” items with our own spin the wheel game. And the Texas Food Bank Network was the big winner! Your spins raised $2,500 to help the organization, which distributes food and resources to food banks throughout the state. Big thanks to everyone who spun the wheel and shared the game with their friends—together, we’re fighting hunger and making a difference for hungry Texans.

But don’t think that because that game is over, all the fun is out of fundraising. This February, teams from the Belton area will be competing in Belton’s Second Annual Canstruction® Competition. It’s a timed building contest where participating teams make amazing sculptures out of cans of food. Last year, the teams built all kinds of fun stuff including one called U2 Can Help (featuring a portrait that looks a lot like Bono) and King TunaCANmon, which went on to win national awards. And at the end of the contest, all the cans (and funds that are raised) are donated to Helping Hands Belton, a local food pantry.

If you’re in the Belton area, you should consider getting a team together to enter! Or at least go by to check it out. The public is invited to watch the building from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 2—kids especially love seeing grown-ups hustling to balance cans and build their entries. As an event sponsor, we’ll be on hand to cheer for the teams and help with the judging. For more information visit the Helping Hands site. We hope you CAN make it!

Our Texas State Guard’s Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive Results

Representatives from both First Choice Power and the Texas State Guard with the donations!

 

This month, we partnered with the Texas State Guard’s Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive to help bring holiday cheer to children who are in area hospitals. 

Our Lewisville local office served as the Toy Drive headquarters where we saw over 200 toy donations! Wow! The Texas State Guard collected 2,500 toys across the region. 

“Unfortunately, for hundreds of children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the only ‘home’ they will know this Christmas is a hospital room; and for some of them the only ‘family’ they will see are the hardworking medical staff who care for them,” said  John D. Gorena, WO1, CA, TXSG and Lewisville City Councilman. “We’re amazed at the response from the Lewisville community and because of them, thousands of children will have a holiday gift.” 

With the amount of items donated, the guard was  able to reach its goal of bringing toys, books or other kinds of gifts to every child confined over the holiday season in one of the area’s children hospitals – Cook Children’s, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Our Children’s House at Baylor and Children’s Medical Center, Gorena added. 

Thank you to everyone who donated! A lot of deserving children in need will be smiling this holiday season because of you!