“The unspoken benefit of volunteering is what you get back and how you grow. For me, the time I’ve dedicated, especially in our underserved communities, makes me realize how fortunate we are and the immense obligation we have to give back.”
Misty Fernandez — Project Manager, Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga.
In honor of the great legacy started by our first president, Georgia Power introduced the new Preston Arkwright Award in 2016 to recognize a top volunteer that lives out our company’s standard of being “A Citizen Wherever We Serve.” This annual award is presented to a Georgia Power employee who goes above and beyond to embody the true meaning of citizenship.
Misty Fernandez, a project manager at Georgia Power’s Customer Care Center, was honored as the first recipient of the award for decades of community impact. Chosen out of a nominee field of 30, she works tirelessly as an advocate and supporter of the Latino community and has helped expand Georgia Power’s outreach to the same group.
As a high school student headed to college at Baylor University, she first volunteered to teach English as a second language (ESL) classes to children of immigrant families. Since that time, she has continued to teach ESL classes, volunteered her time to mentor and advocate for the needs of foster children in state custody and served on the board of Welcoming Atlanta.
Employees are nominated for the award by their colleagues, with finalists selected by a panel, and the winners chosen by employee voting. As part of the honor, Misty received a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit of her choice. Her donation went to the Friends of Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).