Investing in our communities is not just about dollars; our employees serve as social change agents as they donate their time, talent and financial contributions to support countless organizations across our service territory. They support volunteer programs such as local United Way campaigns, serve on local boards and commissions, lead youth groups, coach Little League teams and protect their communities as volunteer firefighters or auxiliary police officers. We do this with pride and honor, in good times and bad.
In addition to financial donations, more than 150 employees offered hands-on support to help the flood-ravaged communities In West Virginia get back on their feet
Our employees are often the first to volunteer or donate money when a disaster occurs. In June 2016, historic flooding devastated several West Virginia communities within AEP’s Appalachian Power (APCo) service territory. APCo presented the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army with a $102,178 donation dedicated to flood relief efforts in those communities. Of that, more than $52,000 was donated by more than 400 employees across AEP’s 11-states, and $50,000 came from the AEP Foundation through AEP’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition to the financial donations, more than 150 employees offered hands-on support to help the flood-ravaged communities get back on their feet. Employees and their family members served meals to flood victims and relief workers, assisted residents and business owners with flood cleanup and served as resources for customer questions. During difficult times like this, we recognize the important role we have to play as a force for social good.
Since inception of the AEP Emergency Disaster Relief Fund, the company and the Foundation have matched a little more than $578,000 in employee donations with a total of nearly $1,165,000 in employee, corporate and Foundation relief donations.
Other Community Commitments Made in 2016:
- Throughout each month, more than 80 AEP employees and retirees spend their lunch hour delivering meals through LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-on-Wheels program in Central Ohio. Meals-on-Wheels provides hot nutritious meals to older adults and chronically ill persons who are unable to provide meals for themselves. This "daily check" gives peace of mind to both recipients and their loved ones. This is AEP’s 12th year participating in the Corporate Route program.
Through a local nonprofit called Bike Lady Inc., nearly 100 AEP and EY, formerly Ernst & Young, employees built and delivered 25 bikes to children in foster care across Ohio. Bike Lady Inc. is dedicated to enriching the daily life experience and expanding opportunities for at-risk youth by providing them with new bikes, helmets, and locks. Since, 2008, Team Bike Lady has given 8,177 bikes to kids across 45 Ohio counties.
- Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and AEP employees picked up hammers, screwdrivers and paint brushes to support the Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring. A highlight of the day’s events included constructing a new wheel chair ramp at the home of a client of Ability Resources, a United Way agency. AEP employees across our 11-state service area participate in similar Day of Caring activities in conjunction with local United Ways.
- The American Electric Power Foundation committed a $250,000 grant over three years to enable the ETHOS Science Center in Elkhart, Ind., to remodel a building to offer STEM opportunities for schools, teachers, students and businesses in the area. ETHOS’ first permanent facility for robotics and innovation activities will include a collaborative Innovation Center “makerspace” to help teach students 3D design, modeling and printing and to provide services to area businesses, focusing on career readiness pathways for students.