AEP's Partnership With Connecting The Dots
Giving back to our communities is fundamental to AEP’s vision of powering a new and brighter future for our customers and communities. This includes working with small and diverse suppliers, such as King Business Interiors – a woman-owned, small business focused on environmental and community stewardship.
Darla King, chief executive officer of King Business Interiors, created a gently used furniture bank called Connecting the Dots. The program works with 50 companies to collect the surplus of unwanted, slightly used furniture that they donate to 200 non-profit organizations across central Ohio. King recognized an opportunity to connect corporations like AEP with non-profits and start-ups, who were in need of free furniture. AEP has been in partnership with Connecting the Dots for 22 years.
AEP recently donated two floors of office furniture to Connecting the Dots after a remodel project. The donation supported Pilot Dogs, a non-profit organization that provides guide dogs to the legally blind. AEP’s donation helped Pilot Dogs furnish its newly expanded headquarters – allowing the organization to focus more on its mission and less on the financial burden of buying new furniture.
“Connecting the Dots enables organizations to spend their limited money on more important aspects of their business,” said King. “When new companies and charities are trying to grow, the last thing they need to spend money on is office furniture.”
In addition to helping nonprofits, Connecting the Dots is beneficial for the environment – giving used items a second purpose while reducing landfill waste and the need for natural resources to make new furniture.