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Meeting Basic Needs

Nutritious food and a safe place to call home. These are life’s basic necessities – yet some families find both difficult to attain. Across our 11-state service territory our people are lending a hand to help those in need.

Teams from Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s (PSO) Distribution group served lunch at The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in downtown Tulsa. The Center serves over 300,000 meals a year.

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) employees were among 2,000 volunteers with the Jimmy and Roselynn Carter Work Projects building 23 Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Joseph County, Michigan. With a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation another 17 homes in South Bend and Mishawaka were refurbished to help families live independently in safe, energy efficient homes.

Hope Distributors in Springdale, AR, got help from a Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) team during the annual Make a Difference Day volunteer effort. The team helped repackage, reorganize and sort food and nonfood products at the organization’s warehouse. SWEPCO also presented Hope Distributors with a $300 Make A Difference Day grant.

Indiana Michigan Power employees volunteered alongside former president Jimmy Carter, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and others to build and renovate homes for Habitat of Humanity in St. Joseph County, IN. 
Kentucky Power Hazard District employees hung and painted interior doors, painted walls and laid flooring to help the Housing Development Alliance's 2018 House Raising.
Victor Gonzalez (right), AEP Texas service mechanic in San Benito, started a tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals to those in need in his community.