About Us

Mission Statement

Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly (POWER), founded in 2008, is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) grassroots environmental justice organization whose mission is to increase the energy efficiency of homes, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and churches in Oberlin, Ohio and the surrounding area.


Vision Statement

Creating a community of comfortable, affordable, and healthy homes. 


POWER has helped over 400 homeowners weatherize and repair their homes to make them comfortable, affordable, and healthy. 


POWER seeks to:

  • Make low-income individuals more financially secure in the face of rising utility costs

  • Improve the quality of life for Oberlin residents by creating a more comfortable home

  • Reduce the amount of pollution and CO2 emitted by Oberlin housing and businesses

Resident Quote

“I thought financially I could not keep my home because the gas bills were so high … My latest gas bill was … less than half of what I was paying before, and I have been able to keep my home.”

- Owner of an insulated home in Oberlin


POWER Board Members

Gene Matthews


Gene Matthews is retired from 40+ years in Facilities Management at both Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University.

Ben Hobbs


Ben is the current Facility Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College.

Cindy Frantz


Cindy Frantz is a founding member of POWER and former Board Chair.  She teaches social and environmental psychology at Oberlin College.

Martin Buck


Fred Bell

A long-time resident of Oberlin, Rev. Fred Bell is retired from a 27 year career in academic advising at Lorain County Community College, and previously served as pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin.

Everett Burgess

Everett Burgess is the President of Burgess Electric, LLC and a member of the Governance Committee for POWER.

Jeanne McKibben

Dr. Jeanne McKibben is retired from the healing art of medicine, now dedicated to healing our world. Jeanne previously served as liaison to POWER from the Zion CDC board. She also serves as OHC honorary trustee, member of Oberlin public library, the Green team at First Church and has solar panels on her roof.

David Snyder

David is a retired mental health counselor, and was a founding board member of
POWER in 2008.

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Ex-Officio Members

Margie Longsworth Flood

Executive Director, Oberlin Community Services

Margie grew up in Oberlin and after many years away is happy to be back in town, serving on the  POWER Board and as Executive Director of Oberlin Community Services.  

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Sponsor Organizations