Friday, July 20, 2012
KU employees commit to ‘Day of Caring,’
will roll up sleeves for Habitat for Humanity
Kentucky Utilities’ energy will be put to a different use on Saturday, July 21, when nearly 30 employees and their family members roll up their sleeves to help Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will assist Habitat with construction of a new home and remodeling of another at 1720 Gerald Drive and at 201 Savoy Drive beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The effort is a part of KU’s eighth annual employee Day of Caring.
“KU and LG&E 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 territory to work on a single project. This year, more than 150 volunteers from KU and LG&E will work at seven locations across Kentucky.
In Louisville, volunteers will assist Farnsley-Moremen Landing and Sun Valley Park with painting, mulching and clean-up. Volunteers will also work on projects in the Elizabethtown, Carrollton, Danville 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 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.
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