By: Cat Mosley, Director of Community Relations
sPower has long valued being a good neighbor. In addition to building renewable energy projects, we build relationships and care about the communities in which we operate. These long-term partnerships are mutually beneficial, leading to successful projects and direct benefits to local communities.
When COVID-19 hit, we knew our partner communities needed additional support. We are thankful we are able to continue developing renewable energy infrastructure and maintaining job security for our employees, but we recognize others are not as fortunate. To assist the local communities where we develop and operate, we expanded our corporate giving efforts by establishing a $500,000 COVID-19 Response Fund.
sPower takes a hyper-local approach to giving. Discovering the pulse of each community is the best way to understand its needs and gaps. Beginning in March, our staff reached out to local leaders, chambers of commerce, non-profits, educational institutions and others to have conversations about where the need was and is greatest. Through these efforts, sPower has provided help in the form of direct donations to food banks; meals for seniors, first responders and their families; healthcare supplies; small business support; and wireless access to areas with limited broadband. We are especially proud of our employees who have gone above and beyond our company efforts to give on their own as well.
By sharing the list below of the organizations that we have supported, we hope to exchange ideas with our friends and partners about future giving – and spotlight some great organizations that could always use more help.
- Navajo County: Supported food aid to school children and the elderly through the Rotary Club of Winslow and the Winslow Council on Aging
- Pinal County: Supported food and homeless aid to the Community Action Human Resources Agency (Eloy) and Hope International Ministries (Coolidge)
- Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe: Supported tribal communities hit hard by COVID-19
- Antelope Valley: We participated in Project Door Drop providing meals to community members in partnership with The City of Lancaster and the Antelope Valley Sheriff Boosters. We also supported mask and sanitizer aid through the Sherriff’s Boosters Open Door Drop program, and food and homeless aid through Grace Resources and The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley
- Kern County: Supported local businesses and provided meals through the Rosamond Moose Lodge and the Office of Aging and Adult Services
- City of Adelanto: Supported a food drive organized by the Chamber of Commerce and provided 250 Easter meals to elderly community members through the First Assembly of God Church.
- Bay Area: Supported the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank
- Long Beach: Supported the Long Beach Community Foundation
- Jackson County: Helped provide food to first responders through Catering by Colleen and Clear Lakes Grille; supported the Brooklyn Food Pantry and the Grass Lake United Methodist Church Food Bank
- Allegan County: Contributed to the Allegan Food Bank and United Way
- New York
- Suffolk County: Supported food donations through the Island Harvest Food Bank; provided personal protective equipment aid and First Responder Assistance through the Peconic Bay Medical Center
- Juab County: Donated $13,000 to provide 3,171 filtered masks to the Juab School District
- Statewide: Raised nearly $5,000 for the Utah Food Bank from an employee-lead food drive
- Spotsylvania County: Supported personal protective equipment aid and transportation needs for hospital workers through Mary Washington Healthcare, as well as many non-profits served by The Community Foundation’s Relief Fund including the YMCA’s childcare for essential workers; sponsored challenge grant for Wi-Fi hotspots for students
- Charles City County: Supported food aid for students and families at Charles City County High School and first responder meals through Cul’s Courthouse Grille; provided local residents access to Wi-Fi through Wireless on Wheels (WOW)
- Fauquier County: Supported Community Touch’s transitional housing aid and the Fauquier Community Food Bank & Thrift Shop
- Surry County: Supported homeless aid through Rushmere Community Development’s Brother’s Keeper program, mask production through First Baptist Church Spring Grove, senior lunches through Virginia Diner, treats for first responders through Just for Kicks Cupcakes, and small business grants through the Crater Regional Workforce Initiative and Surry County Economic Development Authority, sponsorship of Wi-Fi hotspots for students
- Statewide: Supported the MS Society of Virginia and West Virginia
- Richmond: Supported the Richmond Restaurant Workers Relief Fund and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
As we’ve connected with communities, we have consistently found that COVID-19 has impacted them greatly in many ways. While we were able to provide some relief, they continue assessing future needs.
The devastating impacts of the pandemic will have long-term effects. sPower will continue offering assistance to our neighbors experiencing health or economic challenges while we continue to develop clean, affordable renewable energy to power local communities. This global emergency requires us to work collectively, and we’re heartened to see our peers in the private sector supporting their communities in need too. We are all in this together.