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Steamboat briefs: Community Ag Alliance accepts local food orders







Buy local food and products online at communityagalliance.org.

Locally grown fresh produce, meat, eggs, jelly, sauces, granola and more are available.

Order online from noon Monday through noon Thursday. Orders may be picked up Friday afternoons at CAA offices in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, call 970-879-4370.

LiftUp of Routt County in need of volunteers in area

LiftUp of Routt County is seeking volunteers to work in the organization's donation center, food bank and thrift store. Duties include sorting donations, stocking shelves, greeting the public and pricing merchandise. Benefits include bonus bucks to spend in the thrift store. To volunteer or for more information, call Jackie at 970-870-0727.

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LEAP offers more than help with home heating bills

The primary mission of the Low-income Energy Assistance Program is to help Coloradans pay winter home heating costs but that program is complemented by the Crisis Intervention Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program.

LEAP is a program of the Colorado Department of Human Services that helps eligible Coloradans from November through April with cash assistance for their home heating bills. As of Jan. 21, LEAP had approved more than 53,078 benefits, and the average benefit was $387.

CIP operates year-round and provides assistance with the repair or replacement of the home's primary heating system, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove. The Weatherization Assistance Program is a program from the Colorado Energy Office and is designed to improve energy efficiency in homes throughout Colorado, thereby helping to reduce heating costs permanently.

For CIP, households that qualify for energy bill payment assistance through LEAP and have a non-working heating system can call 855-469-4328 toll-free to request repair or replacement, as well as snow removal for fuel delivery in rural areas.

The Weatherization Assistance Program, which supports cost-effective improvements and upgrades to reduce energy usage, save money and improve the overall comfort of a home year-round, can be accessed by calling 800-462-0184 or visiting colorado.gov/cs/satellite/govenergyoffice/cbon/1251599946156.

LEAP applicants must be Colorado residents and U.S. citizens or legal aliens. They also need to provide a copy of a valid identification and a completed affidavit to comply with Colorado Revised Statutes regarding documentation of lawful presence.

Applicants also must be responsible for paying heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent. Applicants' income cannot exceed 165 percent of the federal poverty index.

LEAP accepts applications until April 30.