Volunteers from Kentucky Utilities will roll up their sleeves Saturday as part of the company’s eighth annual Day of Caring.
More than 10 KU employees and family members will paint and clean Danville’s Sunrise Children’s Home Services Facility beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The effort is part of the company’s larger statewide volunteer initiative. Over the course of several Saturdays, more than 150 volunteers at seven locations throughout the commonwealth will paint, mulch, clean up debris, build walkways and even build and remodel homes.
“Our employees are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where they live and work,” said Chris Whelan, vice president of Communications for KU and LG&E. “The Day of Caring gives our employees another opportunity to help organizations that might not have the resources to accomplish the tasks our volunteers plan to tackle on Saturday.”
The Day of Caring, which is a main event of KU’s and LG&E’s annual employee giving campaign, brings together employees from different parts of the business across the service territories to work on a single project.
Recently, KU volunteers in Lexington assisted Habitat for Humanity in building and remodeling homes for low-income families. In Louisville, LG&E volunteers assisted Farnsley-Moremen Landing and Sun Valley Park with painting, mulching and clean-up. Other projects have or will take place in the Elizabethtown, Carrollton and Greenville areas.
Since 2005, the companies’ annual employee giving campaign, called the Power of One, has raised nearly $11 million to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout the KU and LG&E service territories.
In 2011, employees contributed more than $1 million to the campaign — marking the fifth annual year employee donations have surpassed the $1 million milestone. And, nearly 70 percent of KU and LG&E employees participate in the companies’ campaign through payroll deductions — a participation rate more than twice the national average for employee participation in charitable giving.
Visit lge-ku.com/community for more information on the companies’ efforts to support our local communities.