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Our Boundless Energy
Boundless Energy describes our unyielding pursuit to work together with our communities and customers to make the future better, stronger from delivering the electric energy they need to getting involved and giving back to our communities.
During 2019 our employees joined together—through work teams, as members of an employee resource group or as individuals who share common interests—to volunteer, raise funds or advocate for a host of issues facing our friends and neighbors.
Our annual Making a Difference program conducted in October provided a unique opportunity for employees to lead a volunteer effort on behalf of a nonprofit organization in their community. Eligible projects received a $300 grant from the AEP Foundation. The projects were often personal passions. Jessica Adkins at Kentucky Power led a project to make gift baskets for women receiving treatment at the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center in Pikeville. "I remember my grandma saying this kind of treatment made her feel very special and took her mind off the hard battle she was facing. I feel privileged to work for a company that allows me to give back to my community and to a charity that I believe in so much," Adkins said.
Our employees also volunteered to feed hungry families and seniors, support veterans, mentor students and even care for shelter animals. In addition to these efforts, grants from AEP, operating companies and the AEP Foundation helped nonprofit organizations provide important services to communities across our 11-state service area:
- $150,000 to El Campo Medical Foundation in El Campo, TX, to construct a new facility for a hyperbaric wound care suite, a catheterization lab and a labor/delivery suite. A portion of the funds will support emergency care for people in need as well as health education and programs.
- $15,000 to Kanawha Valley Senior Services, Inc., in Charleston, WV, to support the cost of milk and food in the Helping Seniors Thrive home-delivery program.
- $90,000 to Brightpoint in Fort Wayne, IN, to improve transportation options through ridesharing and the use of electric vehicles for low-income and elderly residents at an affordable housing community.
- $250,000 to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in Nelsonville, OH, to help establish a pipeline of resources needed to change generational poverty by removing barriers to access education, economic development and environmental resources.
- $30,000 to Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence Economic Empowerment Program in Frankfort, KY, to help survivors establish financial stability and safety for their families and contribute to the economic development of the community.
- $25,000 to Surfari Pals, Inc., in Shreveport, LA, to provide elementary school children a foundation for lifetime success through positive character development, goal setting, personal integrity and accountability.
- $75,000 to Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc., in Tulsa, to support a network of partner agencies to help veterans and feed children and seniors.
We supported hundreds of community organizations and they regularly share data-driven results of their work. But it's the personal impact of our assistance that tells the real story--like the family who received much-needed window repair services from Mid-Ohio Habitat for Humanity. Homeowner Roberta said, "I hope that Habitat truly knows that their hard work and dedication really gave my daughter and me peace of mind and a renewed sense of self-esteem."
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations across the AEP footprint will receive nearly $3 million to help people meet basic needs and offset hardships faced by our neighbors.
Whether we are working together to power homes or entire communities, our energy to help people live better lives and build brighter futures is boundless.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
American Electric Power
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