On December 9, 2013, Access staff members Kathy Crees, Community Services Vice President, and Angelique Roberts, Weatherization Director, attended an event hosted by the White House, in collaboration with the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). The invitation to attend was extended to selected organizations to highlight how the weatherization industry is creating skilled jobs and technology innovation and helping to reach the President’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. State, local, and business leaders from across the country were invited to attend, along with members of the federal government to discuss how weatherization has made a positive impact in the lives of American families while supporting American businesses. Speakers included David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Dan Utech, President Obama’s top adviser on energy and climate change.
Since 2009, the Energy Department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has helped improve the energy efficiency, comfort and health of hundreds of thousands of homes across the nation. With the support of Recovery Act funding as well as annual appropriations – matched by over $200 million each year from utilities, private investors and state and local government – this program has also helped train and employ thousands of weatherization professionals. The Access Community Action Agency is proud to participate in the Weatherization Assistance Program to provide energy assistance services in northeastern Connecticut.
The Access Community Action Agency is the federal and state designated anti-poverty agency for Windham and Tolland Counties. Access provides food, emergency shelter, energy assistance, energy conservation services, job and life skills training, youth mentoring, group homes, senior housing and more for low-income families and individuals. For more information about Access’ services, call (860) 450-7400 in the Willimantic area, (860) 412-1600 in the Danielson area, or visit www.accessagency.org.