Caring When It Counts
In 2020, families, friends and neighbors carried the weight of devastating natural disasters and the insidious Coronavirus pandemic with grace and courage.
We are grateful to all of the essential workers—healthcare professionals, first responders, restaurant employees, our own line workers and others—whose selfless dedication during these trying times allowed the rest of us to maintain relatively normal lives.
In the wake of the social unrest brought about by the unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many unnamed others, we reaffirmed our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity not only in our company, but in the communities where we work and live.
AEP and its operating companies endeavored to care for our communities through volunteer activities and monetary support in spite of overwhelming adversities.
We call it caring when it counts: adapting to difficult situations, making sure we kept the lights on and powering through the darkest of times.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations across the AEP footprint received nearly $4 million in AEP Foundation grants to help people meet basic needs and offset the hardships they faced.
Additionally, the Foundation provided grants to help communities address needs beyond the pandemic:
- $300,000 to Lutheran Social Services in Columbus, OH, for CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, a facility for those suffering the trauma of domestic violence.
- $100,000 to Abilene (Texas) Heritage Square-A Contemporary Learning Center for self-improvement, education and bringing the community together.
- $50,000 to City of Huntington, WV, Wellness Center for First Responders a comprehensive facility that includes a wellness lounge, quiet studio, exercise space, nutrition center, relaxation area and mental health resource staff.
- $50,000 to Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michigan, Inc. to create dedicated space and equipment for STEM programming to bridge the gap of girls in STEM careers.
- $75,000 to Community & Technical College, Ashland, KY, Smartflower Solar Project to expand and improve the Electrical Technology program at Ashland Community and Technical College to produce knowledgeable, confident graduates who are ready for tomorrow’s workforce.
- $25,000 to Providence House, Shreveport, LA, to fill the educational gap created by the trauma of homelessness, poverty and COVID for Pre-K children with upgraded instructional staff and resources.
- $500,000 to Tulsa Community Foundation to support Greenwood Rising, a memorial to the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, OK.
This year brings renewed hope for an end to the pandemic and the suffering it has caused. In 2021, we will launch a new AEP Foundation grants program: Delivering On the Dream to support the cause of racial and social justice across our service territory.
Caring when it counts is how AEP will use our boundless energy to help people live better lives and build brighter futures.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
American Electric Power
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