Written by: Brandi Davis-Handy, AES US Communications Leader
At Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), we take great pride in working for a company dedicated to improving lives by providing safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy solutions. We are also making a great impact in our communities through the investment of our time, talent and treasures with hundreds of organizations in Indiana.
Many of our volunteer efforts have taken place in partnership with the United Way. This year, The United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) is celebrating its 100th birthday, which will culminate in April. To kick the celebration off this year, IPL was proud to be part of The BIG Kickoff with UWCI and the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, September 8. The free event featured special guest emcee, IndyCar Driver James Hinchcliffe, and live music by The Doo. As you walked around the circle, you were able to get an idea of all that signified donors, partner agencies, volunteers and advocates of UWCI for the past 100 years.
One hundred years of mobilizing resources and inspiring people to fight for education, financial stability, and health and basic needs for everyone in our community. Consider the impact and difference they have made to our community in just the past year:
- In 2016, more than 200,000 callers were assisted through Connect to Help 211
- 18,661 households were provided with utility assistance through the Indiana Energy Assistance Program
- 587 families were assisted through the Winter Assistance Fund
- Successfully lobbied to double the funding to $22 million and expand the On My Way Pre-K program
While the list goes on, there is still so much more that needs to be done. The fight continues against our community's most daunting social crises. This year, as Chair for the IPL UWCI Campaign, I'm encouraging our IPL People to continue our long history of People Power. Our People Power allows us to be game changers and hand raisers by pledging dollars to UWCI. Our people contributing during the 2017 IPL campaign makes a significant investment in the communities where we live, work and serve. And what better way to start off a campaign than by celebrating UWCI's 100th birthday with cupcakes?