Community involvement annual report

 Community involvement annual report

Caring for our Community

As a community-owned utility, we believe that supporting the community helps us to be a better utility provider. Connecting with our community is a big reason why so many of us spend our personal time volunteering with local non- profit organizations. Our employees are committed to not only providing excellent utilities service, but to serving the community in many other ways.

Volunteering for Our Community
  • In addition to the numbers above, employees also gave another 7,000 hours to community organizations as board members, committee members, troop leaders, coaches, and more.
  • Helped 94 low-income children shop for new school clothes.
  • sorted and repacked 4,000 food boxes for distribution for Care and Share and sorted another 60 tons of donated food during their Stamp Out Hunger Postal Drive, delivered over 250 weekly meal bags for Project Angel Heart and served more than 6,000 meals at the Marion House Soup Kitchen.
  • In August, 125 volunteers spent the morning with , 125 volunteers spent the morning with more than 100 students shopping for back-to-school clothes at Chapel Hills Mall.  2015 marked our 9th anniversary of this project in partnership with The Salvation Army.
  • During the holidays, employees donated 367 gifts to Silver Key Senior Services, 273 new and gently used toys to Christmas Unlimited and 261 filled-to-the-brim stockings for The Salvation Army.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  • Helped 94 low-income children shop for new school clothes - many for the first time in their lives.
  • Donated nearly 800 gifts to Silver Key, Salvation Army and Christmas Unlimited to provide holiday gifts for families in need.
  • Sorted and repacked 124,010 pounds of food for Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado - equating to 99,208 meals.
  • Delivered 5,500 meals to residents with life-threatening illnesses through Project Angel Heart.
  • Joined more than 2,600 volunteers during the Fountain Creek Week clean-up efforts.

Safety and Efficiency education

  • Staff presented 218 electric and 68 natural gas safety demonstrations to 16,407 customers.
  • Safety educators attended more than 25 community events.
  • We collaborated with the Colorado Springs Fire Department to create 2 videos to train first responders on electric and natural gas emergency response protocols.
  • Colorado Springs schools received 13 presentations on raptor protection efforts on power lines.
  • We provided 44 watershed outreach programs to the community.
  • A total of 648 water education classes and presentations were made to students and adults in the community.
  • Staff led more than 50 tours through nine different power, water and wastewater facilities.
  • More than 450 customers attended an Efficiency Expo at the Conservation and Environmental Center, which included tours of the demonstration garden, energy and water efficiency exhibits, classes, question-and-answer sessions, children’s activities, and electric vehicle demonstrations.