Employees in the Community
Georgia Power is dedicated to helping others. We’re proud of the ways that our team authentically serves our community with stewardship.
"A Citizen Wherever We Serve"
As a company, we want to be judged not only by the service we provide, but also for what we do to improve the quality of life for all people in the places where we live and work. Our vision is based on a very simple premise: We must all work together to promote the growth of our state and the prosperity of our customers.
Take a look at some of the incredible ways our employees are making a difference in the community.
Volunteers fight hunger, one garden row at a time
Twice a week, hungry families come to the food bank with little to eat but what the community provides. Volunteers for the Rockdale County's Emergency Relief food bank help distribute food, donated by local citizens, to the needy. Canned items make up a large portion of the goods.
"Canned goods are a blessing to many of these families, but we wanted them to have the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables," said Lee Cronan, retired Metro East principal engineer and president of the Conyers chapter of the Citizens of Georgia Power. "There is such a need to feed hungry families. At the beginning of summer, I saw a young girl sit down after receiving a can of food and eat right from the can." To offset some of the need, Master Gardening Extension Volunteer (MGEV) and Citizens of Georgia Power member Larry Ward wanted to do more. Ward, along with additional MGEVs, took the food bank's efforts a step further and started the local Plant a Row for the Hungry, as part of a national effort to provide fresh, locally grown vegetables to the hungry.
Club of Hearts provides 'New Hope' to the poor
The room is full of well-dressed men and women. For the unknowing observer, it looks like a high-level meeting of boardroom executives. That is, until one learns that 75% of those in the room are homeless. The participants are all a part of Georgia Power's Club of Hearts' newest charity, New Hope Enterprises. Scott Orr, Federal Legislative Affairs Coordinator, serves on the board.
"New Hope began in 2009 as a way to help at-risk individuals break out of the destructive cycle of poverty through an intensive training program that leads to real employment opportunities," said Orr. "As an individual, I have always had a passion for workforce development and helping others, and when I saw the business model that New Hope put forward, I wanted to be a part of this innovative approach." For more information on New Hope Enterprises, visit their website or on Facebook.
Latvala Serves as Angel for Those in Need
Jerry Latvala believes in angels. In fact, he has served as one the past three years by transporting patients who are too weak to travel via car in his small aircraft. Latvala, Key Account Manager, Coastal Region, is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization that serves those who reside in or are traveling to or through the states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Its mission includes providing routine treatment flights, compassionate care and other medical-related flights, as referred to the group by health care providers. The Angel Flight philosophy is that the cost of travel should never stand in the way of people receiving medical care.
Latvala selects his missions via the Angel Flight website, using his own money to pay for fuel and often using his vacation days to do it. "I've been working with Georgia Power for 35 years, so I don't mind using my days for that," he said. "Their organization does 1,000 (flights) a year. My doing a dozen or so a year is but a drop in the bucket. Someday I hope to retire and do more."
BBQ for the Kids: Weems Barbecues for Children's Healthcare
Jay Weems has showcased his cooking talents at various barbecue cook-offs throughout the country. For the past three years, Weems has put his leadership and organizational talents to work for charity as he has hosted a barbecue competition at Georgia Power’s Old Salem Park near Lake Oconee.
The event, which is part of the Lake Oconee Bar-B-Q and Blues Festival, brings more than 50 barbecue cook-off teams to the area for fun, prizes and most importantly, a good cause. All proceeds raised from the event go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. "I just wanted to give back to the community, and giving to a children’s medical center seemed like the perfect way to give back," said Weems.
Georgia Power regional and local branches regularly host American Red Cross blood drives, where employees donate blood, platelets, and marrow. These blood drives and "marrowthons" help save countless lives in the state of Georgia and across the nation. In fact, each pint donated can save up to three lives.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is a 24-hour walk/run relay and fundraiser that helps communities celebrate those affected by cancer. Since 2000, Georgia Power's local teams have raised almost $2 million.