Power to Care: Making a Difference in Our Communities
At FPL, we’re working with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to work and raise a family. Our Dollars for Doers program allows us to recognize, support and encourage the valuable contributions of our employees’ volunteer efforts. The program rewards qualifying nonprofit organizations for the volunteer work of our employees when certain criteria are met. Thanks to employees logging their volunteer hours, the NextEra Energy Foundation distributed nearly $143,000 worth of Dollars for Doers grants to 400 deserving nonprofit organizations across the country in 2016. Additionally, we have supported more than 1,500 nonprofits and our employees raised more than $3.7 million for their communities last year.
Our employees and their families – our strongest connection to our communities –– donate thousands of volunteer hours each year to make a difference in local neighborhoods. In 2016, employee volunteers contributed more than 85,000 hours through company-sponsored projects and their own personal volunteer time.
“It’s important to step outside of our individual environments to help in any way that we can. Caring for others and the needs of our communities can help us recognize how truly blessed we are,” said Glory Diaz. “In my family, we involve our daughters in service because our lives are grounded in our faith that calls us to serve and love one another – regardless of our differences. So often we are unaware of the many opportunities to give back to our communities. FPL provides those opportunities, making it easier to identify all the ways that we can give back.”
One of our most visible volunteer events is the annual Power to Care Week. This year, the week-long event took place March 6-11. We saw support and enthusiasm from all levels of the company with hundreds of employees dedicating time to projects in communities across Florida.
Here are just a few of the impacts made during the week:
- More than 4,000 pounds of green peppers gleaned with CROS Ministries to be distributed by Palm Beach County Food Bank.
- 100 “We Care” packages assembled and sent to U.S. soldiers deployed overseas by Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.
- More than 500 pounds of trash and debris collected at beaches in South Florida.
- Five homes improved for neighbors in need through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity in Palm Beach County and the historic Liberty City community in Miami.
- More than 11,000 pounds of food recovered at Feeding South Florida.
- Facility improvements including painting and landscaping at Palatka Environmental Education Center.
- Landscaping and painting Meals on Wheels Plus / Food Bank of Manatee County facility.
While Power to Care Week may be over this year, Power to Care events are not limited to just one week. We plan dozens of volunteer events throughout the year. Likewise, we hope the company’s spirit of volunteerism encourages more employees and their families to work together with the communities we serve to make them an even better place to work and raise a family.