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National Day of Giving: How the Power Sector Gives, Volunteers, Donates, and Helps Communities

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One of the most uplifting trends in recent years has been the spotlight being shone on today as a day to think about giving, donating, and volunteering. Whether you call it Giving Tuesday or the National Day of Giving, the idea is to push back on the consumption focus of the holiday season and focus on what really matters: charities doing great work, building up our communities, and opening up to donate and help where we can. 

Utilities are typically seen as stable pillars of the communities in which they operate, providing necessary services and employing many members of the region. Because of this inherently regional nature and large footprint and influence, utilities can thus have immense impact in how and where they give back to the communities. This tendency is one of the aspects of the power sector that deserves the most recognition and praise, and so on Giving Tuesday 2021 I wanted to highlight some of the articles submitted to the community in the past year or so that highlights some great work being done by our community members and the high profile utilities:

 

Raising Funds for Good Causes

The energy sector is no stranger to directly holding fundraisers and providing needed resources to charities and other good causes: 

Flint Energies donates $25,000 to COVID-19 efforts

SolarAid Raises $300,000 for Remote Clinics in Malawi and Zambia

 

 

Enhancing Efficiency and Cutting Costs for Non-Profits in a Utility's Service Area

Charities are, of course, also customers of utilities, so individual power providers can directly help their bottom line by finding ways to reduce their utility bills:

Retired utility engineer works to help Omaha charities cut peak power fees

 

Finding Unique Ways to Engage with the Community

Giving doesn't always have to be direct charity donations, but can be the broader way in which utilities fit into and enhance the well being of their communities: 

The Community-owned Difference: Lessons for Maintaining a Customer Focus 

Everybody talks about bringing solar to low-income households. This guy is doing it (and you can, too).

Clean Energy Programs Benefitting Disadvantaged Communities 

Utility Lessons Learned Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Solar project aims to deliver training and equity to North Minneapolis 

With Schools Set to Reopen, U.S. Needs to Help Them Clean the Air and Save Energy 

Why Companies Should Lead Community Investment

 

How to Community Your Utility's Charity Work

While it's not the main reason you're doing the charity work to begin with, such community engagement also creates positive buzz and PR for a utility so the media team should consider how to share about these successes:

Can You Get Media Coverage of Your Utility’s Charitable Events? 

What Charitable Events Should Your Utility Promote?

 

 

 

But now I want to hear from you, Energy Central Community. What are you and your utility organizations doing on this Giving Tuesday (or any of the other days of the year) to give back to your communities? Share your stories and links in the comments below!

 

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