United Energy Trading Teams Up with the Magic Yarn Project

United Energy Trading, a natural gas supplier, continues to plant roots in every community they’re involved in. Dedicated to supporting charitable organizations, their company donates both time and money. Their latest passion project is creating fantastical wigs with Project Magic Yarn.

In 2014, Magic Yarn’s founder, Holly Christensen, learned that a dear friend’s daughter had received a cancer diagnosis. As an oncology nurse, she knew the devastating effects cancer has on a child. In an attempt to ease her pain, Holly created a fantastic Rapunzel wig from yarn. The effect was magical. The joy she created was worth every hour spent on the wig. Holly then decided to make as many wigs as she could. With just one Facebook post, she went viral, and volunteers began to hop on board. From football
players to fellow moms, Magic Yarn quickly grew. Over the past four years, Project Magic Yarn has grown to include dozens of chapters, thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of happy little kids.

Cheri Lines is one of Magic Yarn’s selfless volunteers and has been a part of the UET family for years. Leader of a Utah chapter, she hosts public and private events, educating volunteers and guiding newbies in construction and design. Cheri describes how others can help: “A lot of people think you need to crochet, you don’t. Most of the volunteers do not know how. They can make personalized cards, they can make flowers for wigs, even finding candidates to send wigs to, all of it helps.”

Heather Kinghorn, a senior level UET employee and a close friend of Cheri’s, was eager to help and quickly organized a wig making party with UET employees. Their most recent donation, 150 wigs, will be dropped off to local hospitals. Magic Yarn has made over 30,000 wigs worldwide, and continues to grow each year. “At UET we jump at the chance to get involved with excellent charities like Magic Yarn,” says Heather. “It is a privilege to give our time and support to an organization that brings such joy
to children around the world.”

When UET gets involved, they go full force with money, time, and manpower. This same hard-working attitude applies to their ability to navigate the energy market. UET provides natural gas service to
California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, and Wyoming and consistently stays one of the most reliable and cost-effective companies on the market.


Donation In Africa

Burkina Faso is loosely translated to “land of honest men.” Robert Kabore, Senior IT Specialist at United Energy Trading (UET), certainly embodies that sentiment. Robert Kabore grew up in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. He attended Dassasgho B, a school that has educated generations for decades within the community. After pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Burkina Faso and a Master’s in Colorado, Robert has settled into the UET working family for the past 6 years. He and his wife, Becky, have revisited Robert’s childhood home over the years, and 2018 was the year they decided to not only just visit, but also give back to the community they both hold close to their hearts.

Robert still stays in touch with many people in the area and is very aware of the struggles this institution faces. This school has been teaching children for over 50 years and educates over 500 students a year. Children travel from miles away to attend the year-round class schedule. Classes begin early in the morning and continue late into the night, with up to 90 children in each classroom. For these long hours that stretch over the majority of the year, the government of Burkina Faso provided around 300 pounds of rice and 200 pounds of beans for 2018/2019. This equates to about one pound of food per child for the entire year. To say that the school struggles to provide meals is an understatement.

In addition to the food shortages, the textbooks are severely outdated and school supplies are almost non-existent. Not every student receives a textbook for the school year and it is not uncommon for several students to have to share one textbook. Some students don’t have a choice and have to rely on the teacher to read aloud from the textbook to follow the curriculum.  Classrooms are bare bones with simple, well-worn bench seating and old chalkboards. This is what the Kabore’s decided to focus on in their mission to improve lives in Robert’s hometown. Tom Williams, President of UET, and a close friend to the Kabore’s, had previously donated computers to Robert’s family, and was excited at the possibility of doing more.

Robert and Becky traveled to Ouagadougou in December of 2018, near the Christmas holiday, stocked with funds donated by Tom Williams to purchase food and school supplies for Dassasgho B. Once in the country, they loaded up with new textbooks, protractors, pens and pencils, notebooks, and every necessary material that each classroom desperately needed. In addition to these wonderful gifts, Robert’s former classmates were also able to purchase 33,000 pounds of food. This is over 100 times more food than the government supplies!

A few days before Christmas, the Kabore’s coordinated and threw a celebration for the community and invited the surrounding villages, including the respected elders of each tribe. During this party, the pair fed everyone and presented their generous donations. Becky describes how it felt to see, first hand, the reaction to the supplies. “They looked filled with such hope and excitement and it was completely overwhelming.  All the kids and family were dressed in their Sunday best. As the ceremonies started, other community leaders started to filter in. I was in awe of the sense of community.  This trip would have to be one of the most profound moments in my life at this point.”

Burkina Faso used to be a hub for art and culture, flooded with tourists from all over the world, but has recently suffered from political unrest, terrorist attacks on visitors, and droughts within the region. Unsurprisingly, the wonderful citizens have suffered financially, but through it all, they remain positive and welcoming. Becky Wells Kabore reflects on what it means to change a whole generation’s educational outlook: “Providing for these students is a step in the right direction and a true, pure example of what a difference even two people can make in a generation’s life. To know we made such a difference in not only a school but a whole community brings such a tremendous sense of pride. I cannot even begin to explain the feelings that Robert and I experienced that day.  We can only hope that we are able to do this for more schools in that area in the future.”

United Energy Trading is a leader in the natural gas industry, providing services to both the United States and Canada. Partnering in local charities and pioneering green initiatives, UET shows that an energy company can shape the community in positive, powerful ways.

Supporting Hurricane Harvey

Denver, CO, September, 2017—United Energy Trading, LLC (UET) has a reputation for compassion and involvement in our community. Following the effects of Hurricane Harvey, UET collected, transported and distributed relief donations to Houston, Texas. An immense amount of clothing, blankets, toiletries, toys, and other items for young children were driven down immediately following the storm. With UET’s presence in the Gulf Coast energy markets, UET felt compelled and obligated to contribute what we could.

Thanks to Gabriel Garcia, an employee at UET, our employees were also able to contribute collectively, adding to the donation that was driven down to Houston—it was a firm wide effort in our Denver office. In addition to the many items collected, UET management stepped in, donating over 500 t-shirts.

Gabriel Garcia has a big connection with the Houston area explaining, “UET is very active in the USGC markets and many of my colleagues in the Houston area are personal friends, so I felt compelled to do something. Denver shelters donated at least 200 pounds of clothing, while UET followed suit with the donation drive at the office as well.” Following the collection, Gabriel personally drove a packed Uhaul full of donations, all the way to Texas. Without the selflessness of Gabriel, compassion of his coworkers, and a management team that endorses charity, such actions would have never been possible.

It is truly powerful to see so many compassionate employees step up and do what is right in a time of need.

Operation Santa

Denver, CO, December 14, 2017 –(PR.com)– For the second year in a row, United Energy Trading, LLC (UET) has partnered with the Tennyson Center for Children (Tennyson Center) for Operation Santa. The Tennyson Center is an organization which is dedicated to assisting children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect, creating a new, more positive environment for them to grow. The Tennyson Center accepts children from ages 5-18, in a multitude of programs depending on the individual needs of the child. Each youth is given a personalized approach to help conquer their challenges and change the course of their life. By participating in Operation Santa with the Tennyson Center, UET helped to provide well deserved presents to children in need this holiday season.

After becoming aware of the Tennyson Center through a former employee, UET dove into the giving spirit and adopted an entire family of seven. This family has been living in Colorado after escaping a war-torn country, and sometimes struggles to make ends meet. The Tennyson Center provided UET with a personalized Christmas wish list from each member of the family. UET was able to fulfill the complete wish lists, including a PlayStation, shoes, and coats for the entire family creating a magical Christmas morning.

Almost half of the Tennyson Center funding stems from donations, helping provide the exceptional, individualized care they are known for. Programs like Operation Santa helps with that cause. By donating, anyone can feel the holiday spirit by purchasing gifts for one child, many, or even a whole family.

“I am so proud of how UET raises money, we’ve never tied ourselves to specific fundraisers or charities, we hear about a family in need or a cause through close co-workers and we rally around that need. We come together as a company.” -Heather Kinghorn Senior Contract Administrator/Risk Analyst for UET.

United Energy Trading is a leader in the natural gas industry, providing services to both the United States and Canada. Partnering in local charities and pioneering green initiatives, UET shows that an energy company can shape the community in positive, powerful ways.

United Energy Trading Gives Back to US Troops Overseas

Denver, CO, December 22, 2017 –(PR.com)– United Energy Trading, LLC (UET) has long been a company of compassion. Their charitable work often stems from family members or close friends bringing a cause to their attention, and the staff of UET rallying around it. This was the case for Micki Mills, a long-time friend of Heather Kinghorn, Senior Contract Administrator/Risk Analyst for UET. Micki’s son, Cahn Wadhams, is a commissioned Captain in the United States Air Force, and on his first deployment overseas. For Micki, sometimes this is an overwhelming fact. “Some people don’t remember that there are people out there fighting for our freedom and they can’t see their families. They are serving our country, and not everyone appreciates that.” Understandably, this fact gets harder for her family during the holidays.

When speaking to her son, they get to e-mail and text back and forth, Micki learned that the holidays for the troops were an afterthought. Captain Wadhams expressed his disappointment during Thanksgiving, telling Micki they didn’t have enough for the 410 servicemen in his command and Christmas would not be any different. This was a reality that Micki was unwilling to accept. She started writing Christmas and thank you cards to every single one of those Airmen. Driven in this task only by love and compassion, she confided in her dear friend Heather. Heather then suggested they go to Tom Williams (Tom), President of UET, and see what a whole company could do for the United States military.

Tom was enthusiastic about the cause, immediately agreeing to donations and support of the troops. UET sprang into action and custom printed 410 t-shirts, bought 410 packs of beef jerky and gum. These gifts will be given to the troops Christmas morning, making sure each one has something to open that day. Micki couldn’t be happier with the response. “It makes me feel very lucky and fortunate to have such good friends in them. Sometimes you don’t know what to do until someone steps forward, Tom says let’s do something, it gets done. To know somebody as generous as Tom makes you feel that there really are people out there who care about people in the military.”

There is a big-hearted, open-handed approach to charity within the United Energy Trading family. Co-workers and peers are the driving force behind the various causes and charities that UET gets behind. It stems from a management team that is encouraging towards giving back, a company that looks forward to the future with green initiatives and inward to the community, supporting generous organizations in Denver Colorado.

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At UET, we believe it’s important to invest in the communities in which we live and work. Over the years, we’ve contributed substantial dollars and…

Light The Night 2018

United Energy Trading (UET) has won national acclaim from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for 10 years of partnering with the “Light the Night Walk,” a yearly nationwide fundraising event. Every year, LLS Regional Chapters nominate individuals, groups, and companies in recognition of their fundraising in support of the Society. This was the first year that UET was eligible for the prestigious Silver Level, Partners Against Blood Cancer Award. Hannah Cohen, the Senior Campaign Manager for Light the Night, Rocky Mountain Chapter, couldn’t wait to nominate the hard-working employees of UET. When asked why, she praised the commitment UET has shown to the Society and its mission of finding a cure for blood cancers. “Lots of companies get involved, do big things for a few years, and disappear. Every year for the past ten years, [UET] has raised more than the previous year, and that is a very rare achievement.”

Creating a lasting change in the world is difficult, but LLS has done exactly that for decades now. With passion and devotion, the Society tirelessly advocates for and funds research into cures for blood cancers, raising over 1.2 billion dollars cumulatively. These outstanding fundraising efforts have facilitated the development of at least 18 new drug therapies, all approved by the FDA, and they have supported patient services, educational programs, monetary assistance, and emotional support.

UET’s stands in admiration of these extraordinary efforts by LLS as do many across the country, though our support has a distinctly personal note as four of our employees and families have been directly touched by the terrible effects of these diseases. At UET, participation in their fundraising for LLS is not mandatory for employees; rather, it is their choice. Each year, individual employees challenge themselves to reach out to their own communities, to give every year, and more than the last year. In 2017, UET became the first Friends & Family team to break $50,000 in donations.

Tom Williams, President of UET, stated, “Our team has been dedicated to this cause for 10+ years, so we are delighted to receive such an honor and recognition from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.” Led by the tireless efforts of UET’s Heather Kinghorn, “the honor has given our team an extra boost of motivation and enthusiasm to continue raising funds to support those that are relying on promising cancer research and patient support services. We believe that each year we can do more to help find a cure to end blood cancers and we are extremely proud of the difference we are making in our community.”

Light the Night takes place across the United States in September of 2018. To get involved, visit http://www.lightthenight.org/.

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Light the Night 2017

Denver, CO, October 10, 2017 –(PR.com)– United Energy Trading (UET), parent company to Blue Spruce Energy and Kratos Energy has proudly earned the honor of top donations collected by friends and family for the charity Light The Night, a foundation dedicated to funding research for blood cancers. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) works closely with Light The Night, not only find a cure for blood cancers, but also to provide a network of information and access to treatment for patients in the United States and Canada. Within their widespread system of volunteers and contributors, Light The Night fights for the rights of those afflicted by lobbying Congress and the House of Representatives to accelerate access to cures and vote on legislation to improve the quality of life of those suffering.

This multi-faceted charity caught the attention of UET employee, Heather Kinghorn, in 2007. She believes those around her were compelled to help when members within the UET family were diagnosed with leukemia. Heather was quoted as saying: “After seeing not only the personal battle of those suffering but also the way it affected the family members around them, you realize that it is your obligation to continue to fight for this cause.”

Account for almost 1 out of 3 cancers, leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens. Most childhood leukemias are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Most of the remaining cases are acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

About 98 percent of children with ALL go into remission within weeks after starting treatment. About 90 percent of those children can be cured. Patients are considered cured after 10 years in remission.

Participating every year since 2003, UET has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Light The Night as well as family and friends joining in a 2 mile walk around Washington Park in Denver, Colorado. This year they earned the top fundraising spot in the Friends and Family category. Totaling over $52,000 in donations, UET employees worked tirelessly imploring their neighbors, co-workers, and relatives to contribute to their cause. Driven by compassion and empathy for those suffering in silence, UET employees show a workplace that is united by generosity and hard work.

United Energy Trading helps to cultivate a working environment of sustainability, of thinking ahead, and thinking of others. By participating in green initiatives throughout their various products and companies, UET proves that there is more to energy companies than what meets the eye. Providing services to the United States and Canada in natural gas and refined energy products, UET prides itself in developing solid long-term relationships with providers and customers and by bringing a conservative mindset to the volatile energy markets, UET has firmly positioned itself as a trusted partner.

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