Community outreach and volunteerism
At Kentucky Power, we make it our mission to contribute in a meaningful way to the health and vitality of the 20 eastern Kentucky counties we serve – where we also live and work. We are proud of our communities and are just as proud to be a part of them. That’s why giving back and being a good neighbor are core values we hold close to our hearts.
Our company and employees can often be found donating their time, talent and treasure to a variety of causes and missions for the betterment and growth our communities. Through projects big and small, we endeavor to leave a legacy of community support and stewardship.
We are proud to support our community in these ways and many more:
Smoke Detector Installations
Kentucky Power employees partner with the Red Cross and community volunteer fire departments to help provide smoke detectors to those in need.
Read to Me Day
Read to Me Day is an annual event in which our employees volunteer to read to students at schools throughout the company's eastern Kentucky communities. The company began its Read to Me Day program in Kentucky in 2003. Since that first day, Kentucky Power has donated thousands of books to schools and read aloud to thousands of students.
Helping Our Neighbors
When disaster strikes, Kentucky Power employees respond by volunteering their time and talents with community organizations such as Christian Appalachian Project and Housing Development Alliance to help clean up storm damage and repair homes in areas of need.
Power Up the Pantry
Kentucky Power partners with WYMT to present Power Up the Pantry events in September. The goal of the food drive and fundraiser is to replenish depleted food pantries in Kentucky. Donations have benefited God’s Pantry and Facing Hunger Food Banks, which support other local pantries throughout eastern Kentucky. Last year, nearly $18,000 was raised and nearly 4,000 pounds of food was donated, which translates to about 130,000 meals. Power up the Pantry is made possible by Kentucky Power volunteers who manage the day-long events in all three service districts – Ashland, Hazard and Pikeville.
‘Go Pink’ in October
During October, our field employees wear pink hard hats to promote breast cancer awareness. Kentucky Power's culture is rooted in community involvement. In this way, we support not only our neighbors, but the vital groups that improve life in eastern Kentucky - the arts, education, hospitals, volunteer fire departments, emergency responders, senior citizens and other civic and non-profit organizations. We believe it’s important to contribute to these efforts and to partner with those who make them a success.
Free Tree Day
Since 2006, Kentucky Power volunteers have given away thousands of tree saplings in celebration of April’s two major environmental awareness days – Earth Day and Arbor Day. Tree Day is an annual opportunity for us to show our support of environmental sustainability and to communicate to customers the potential hazards of planting trees around power lines and electrical equipment. April is also National Safe Digging Month. Customers are always encouraged to call 8-1-1 before beginning a planting or digging project.
Kentucky Power employees believe it is important to invest time in our communities. That is why they spend numerous hours volunteering their time and talents to schools, fairs, and festivals.
Supporting College Lineworker Programs
Kentucky Power supports lineworker programs by donating bucket trucks to local colleges. Employees have also installed new utility poles to enhance training in the lineworker education classes.
Toward the end of summer, Kentucky Power employees volunteer with local backpack programs to help ensure all students go back to school with what they need to start the year off successfully.