During this holiday season, employees at Alabama Power Company have raised more than $49,000 in the month of November to support a number of charities and community partners helping people in need.
The virtual fundraiser was organized by the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) as an alternative to traditional supporting activities. APSO State Board President Kodi Belford said that the pandemic changed the way APSO volunteers would normally assist these organizations.
“What has been especially hard this year is knowing that organizations in the community need our support, and due to the pandemic, we have shifted how we engage,” Belford said. “While the pandemic has changed things, it hasn’t completely prevented us from being there for our communities. We are continuously finding new ways to provide support, and I am extremely proud of our members and how they are overcoming these hurdles.”
The funds will be used to support several nonprofit agencies and community partners. These organization purchase clothing and toys for foster children or provide food for families in need during the holiday season. Employees from Southern Company Services, Southern Power and Southern Nuclear also participated in the fundraiser.
“The pandemic has changed the way in which APSO is able to serve, but our long-standing commitment to serving the community has not wavered,” said Tequila Smith, vice president of Charitable Giving. “I’m proud of the way APSO volunteers have remained engaged and continue to give back. This fundraiser is just one example of how our APSO volunteers have found a way to still make a difference and ensure those in need have a bright holiday season.”
APSO shared highlights of its partnerships during a live-streamed event Nov. 17. During the event, APCO Employees Credit Union President Derrick Ragland presented a $15,000 donation to APSO.
Some of the charitable organizations benefiting from the fundraiser include:
- Home of Grace
- Ronald McDonald House of Mobile
- Lifting Spirits of Senior Citizens
- Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
- Boys Club of Sylacauga
- Shelby County Department of Human Resources (DHR)
- St. Clair County DHR
- Talladega County DHR
- Vincent Elementary School Backpack Buddies
- Walker County DHR
- Walker County Salvation Army Angel Tree
- AIDS Alabama
- Vineyard Family Services
- YWCA of Central Alabama
- Jefferson County Salvation Army Angel Tree
- Mulherin Home
- Montgomery Area Food Bank
- Girls Inc. of Dothan
- Miracle League of Dothan
- Wiregrass Area Food Bank
- Bigbee Humane Society
- Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama
- City of Lights Dream Center