Button up your overcoat

3,028 fewer tons of CO2 in a year … More about that in a minute … I could hear the wind whistle outside of the house and see the beautiful, magical crystalline pattern on the storm windows. It was time to go to work, so the first thing I reached for was the new bright… Read More »

News from CVOEO

Kindness in the waiting rooms By Jan F. Demers “Get in the van! We are going!” She gave her friend — who had avoided doctors for years — little choice. She had listened to the other tell of pain and had seen her gait change. The result of the van trip: The doctor found a… Read More »

Crisis, emergency repair and long term fix

By Jan Demers It was Friday night and he had no heat. His furnace was broken beyond repair. He was elderly, living alone and without any means to pay for a new furnace. CVOEO’s Crisis Fuel Program and then the Weatherization Emergency Heating program were called. Jeremy Francis, a CVOEO auditor, met him at his… Read More »

You still have to pay the tax

Jan Demers, CVOEO, Executive Director Paying taxes can be frightening and confusing if you are elderly, a new American or have low income. The truth is paying taxes can be an anxiety producing experience for anyone, me included. What if I make an error in calculations? What if I pay too much? What if I… Read More »

Hero or superhero

By Jan Demers With a red “S” on a yellow field emblazoned across his muscular body, he was “faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor… Read More »

If you are not part of the solution

By Jan Demers She is a single mom with two young daughters. She is self-employed and contributing to our economy and hers, that is until an accident derailed life and her income stopped. He is working on starting a business. At the same time his gas was shut off. He was using electric heaters to… Read More »