Corporate philanthropy is one way we support our local communities. Another is through our work force, many of whom selflessly serve on local boards and commissions, coach Little League teams, lead Parent-Teacher Associations or volunteer at local homeless shelters and food banks.
Nearly 315 Appalachian Power employees and retirees fanned out across three states to read to schoolchildren on Read to Me Day 2013.
AEP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 1466, donated a record-breaking 405,000 meals to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank during our annual Operation Feed Campaign in 2013. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank works with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and community partners to obtain and distribute food to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites across central and eastern Ohio. AEP has participated in the Operation Feed Campaign since 1982.
When America celebrated the spirit of volunteerism on Make a Difference Day, active and retired AEP employees participated in 26 community projects in nine states. This “national day of doing good” is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light/HandsOn Network.
Among their projects included sprucing up a playground for children with special needs; a pancake breakfast to support a local high school’s band programs; donating supplies to schools; delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families; and donating clothing, food and blankets to the homeless.
Other commitments made in 2013:
- A $1 million AEP Foundation grant to fund the Center of Science and Industry’s Energy Explorers exhibit in Columbus, Ohio, over the next two years enables guests to explore how energy is produced and delivered to our homes and businesses, and why the choices we make are significant.
- A $100,000 AEP Foundation grant to the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Lawton-Fort Sill, in Lawton, Okla., will support construction and renovation of facilities to bring current programs under one roof and provide space for new programming. The ASYMCA Lawton-Fort Sill was established in 1942 to meet the needs of military members and their families by providing very low-cost licensed, quality child care and free household items, clothing and food; assisting traveling military and family; and providing direct financial aid to military families in need.
- Recognizing that autism affects thousands of families, including many in our service territory, the AEP Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to the Highlands Foundation, Inc., located in Prestonsburg, Ky., for the Highlands Center for Autism (HCA) financial aid program. HCA is the only Kentucky-based center that uses the evidence-based applied behavior analysis method to treat children with autism. The grant will be used by HCA to help underwrite treatment expenses and help fund enhancements that will aid in treatment.