Public power is defined by our commitment to community service. Since 2008, we have celebrated this commitment with the Public Power Day of Giving, where attendees and guests of APPA’s National Conference spend a day volunteering with local service organizations in the conference host community – or by hosting an event in their own community that even more employees attend.
While we won’t be holding our usual Day of Giving in conjunction with our National Conference due to ongoing safety precautions connected with the pandemic, we’re asking members to join in to celebrate a Public Power Month of Giving all June – by planning a way to give to your communities and by sharing how you give to your community.
We’ll be highlighting the many ways the more than 2,000 communities served by public power are supported by their utility throughout the month – including sharing stories from your events and efforts on the ground.
APPA staff will also participate in a giving activity for our community in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
How to participate
Join in by planning a way to give to your community – either with a special effort for/during the month or by highlighting the ways your utility already gives. Read through our giving ideas [link to resources tab] for inspiration on the various ways you can support.
While the focus is on acts of giving, we also want to hear from you about why giving is important to your organization and what kind of impact your efforts throughout the year have on your community. Tell us and show us: what does “giving” mean to you/your employees, how do you quantify your giving, and what does this giving mean for members of your community?
Share your activities and talk about your efforts on social media, and don’t forget to use #PublicPower when you post. Not on social media? Send your stories and photos to [email protected].
We’ve compiled a few ideas for giving and some graphics and plug-and-play templates you can use to talk about the Month of Giving on your organization’s website, social media channels, in employee communications, with local news, or wherever else you’d like to share.
Below are just a few ideas for ways to give during the month. What’s right for your organization will be specific to your community and could include any number of efforts.
- Gather a group to volunteer at a local food bank
- Organize a park cleanup
- Partner with a charitable organization to host a donation drive for clothes, shoes, glasses, food, pet food and supplies, household goods, diapers, school supplies, or whatever else is needed in your community.
- Host a blood drive.
- Set up an online giving campaign for employees for a cause of your choice.
- Showcase local charitable organizations on your website or in utility communications to encourage customer donations or consider a matching initiative.
- Give time to offer your skills and expertise, such as through a mentoring organization like Career Village or a platform for pro-bono services, such as Translators without Borders.
- Sign up to write letters to active duty members of the military, through an organization such as Soldiers Angels, or those living in long-term care facilities, such as through Adopt-a-Nursing Home.
Have you held a different kind of giving event not listed here? Share your ideas that your public power peers can replicate with us, and we’ll post them here. Contact us at [email protected].