By Nicole Villalpando
American-Statesman Staff, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
When Amplify Credit Union decided to adopt Statesman Season for Caring recipient 76-year-old Ethel Black, it put out a call to a lot of the businesses they work with to help repair Black’s home.
Green Collar Operations, which focuses on making homes more energy efficient, answered and evaluated Black’s home. The company found out it didn’t need
anything. The donation could have ended there, but Green Collar Operations asked if there was another Season for Caring family it could help.
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Partnering with the Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) program and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), Green Collar Operations donates time and money to make local home greener.
Carolina works as a Training Specialist focusing on parent initiatives with ACE (A Community for
Education) and Paco works in construction but has been without steady work for over 1.5
years. They have three children, Francisco (7 years old), and twins, Isaac and Gabriel (two years
old). Their house is a 1970’s two bedroom, one bath style bungalow without central air and
heat. They work hard in this city of Austin and struggle to makes ends meet. Their monthly electric
bills range from $200 to $400 per month for this tiny home throughout the year and this has placed a
great strain on their lives.
The Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) program is sponsored by the Greater Austin Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). The HAL class of 2010 had a particular member, Gabriela
Garcia, who also was assigned to work on the Environmental team. Knowing Carolina and her
situation from work, Gabriela felt that Carolina’s home would be a great place to focus the team’s
resources to help this family and help to draw more attention to East Austin and the needs of the
Through the team’s hard work and dedication to finding a way to help this family, the Environment
Team was able to contact the president of Green Collar Operations, Andrew Ewig, who
enthusiastically threw the support of Green Collar into this project. The Green Collar team arrived
Friday morning and immediately began to work weatherizing the home. They installed insulation in
the attic taking the house from an R-2 to an R-38 rating as well as sealed plumbing penetrations
throughout the home, weather-stripped all the doors, patched a hole in the wall with Solar Board and
performed several other weatherizing treatments on the home.
Just within two days Carolina is already commenting on how wonderful the work is and that there is
a noticeable difference. “The windows don’t shake in their frames anymore and we don’t feel a draft
along the floor because they sealed the holes in the wall. This is wonderful! Thank you, Thank you!”
The HAL Environment Team consists of Edward Olmeda, Gabriela Garcia and Paul
Betancourt. These team members went further and helped educate the family on other topics of
energy savings and helped the family to install a High-Efficiency Toilet for water conservation and a
dozen compact fluorescent bulbs in their home.
See the Austin American-Statesman article at http://www.statesman.com/business/green-collarmakes-