Volunteerism at AEP
Supporting community projects and programs requires more than financial support. It requires time and labor to make progress possible. Every year, AEP employees from around our service territory give their time, talent and financial donations to a variety of organizations in the communities where we live and work. Our employees are a force of voices, hands and hearts caring together to make our communities stronger and better for us all. Most importantly, our employees are consistent in their efforts, both when times are good and when hardship strikes.
The value of employee volunteerism to our communities and to AEP is long lasting and impactful. It helps to enhance the quality of life, advance and expand education opportunities for underserved populations, and create shared social and economic benefits. Through the collective efforts of our employee volunteers, we are strengthening the social fabric of our communities.
In 2019, AEP launched a corporate-wide Caring Together volunteer program to encourage employees to get involved in our communities. The program provides the opportunity for employees to coordinate volunteer efforts, sign up to volunteer and report hours committed to such efforts. Within six months of the program launch, more than 1,600 associates reported getting involved in activities to make their communities better.
During 2019, Kentucky Power launched 100 Acts of Appreciation, a campaign to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Throughout the year, employees fanned out across eastern Kentucky to volunteer while the company awarded grants to local organizations to show appreciation for the social support they provide to our communities. Acts of Appreciation included large events such as Read to Me Day, Tree Day and the Power Up the Pantry food drive, as well as employee-led coat drives. The campaign culminated with a $100,000 grant from the AEP Foundation to sponsor a multi-use theater at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.
Examples of Employee Volunteer Efforts in 2019
- More than $1.4 million in employee giving and company/AEP Foundation matching has been provided through the AEP Emergency Disaster Relief Fund since 2004. This supports employees and families who suffer losses following disasters and personal tragedies, and victims of natural disasters domestically and around the world.
- Since 2001, Appalachian Power has reached more than 275,000 students and donated 6,500 books to local schools participating in Read to Me Day.
- AEP Texas employee volunteers have helped deliver more than 16,000 meals in San Angelo through the Meals for the Elderly since 1993.
- In 2019, 125 employees from Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) volunteered for the Fresh Paint Days project, part of the statewide nonprofit Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Employees painted 15 structures – improving buildings and parks across PSO’s service territory.