Alabama Power Foundation celebrates 25 years

Alabama Power Foundation celebrates 25 years

The Alabama Power Foundation is celebrating 25 years of serving the state. To commemorate the milestone, Alabama Power employees and their families have launched a special campaign to support 25 community projects this fall.

Alabama Power Service Organization volunteers celebrate the foundation's 25 years of service with Birmingham morning television personality Jeh Jeh Pruitt of FOX 6 WBRC-TV.
Alabama Power Service Organization volunteers celebrate the foundation’s 25 years of service with Birmingham morning television personality Jeh Jeh Pruitt of FOX 6 WBRC-TV.

“It’s fitting that volunteers from the Alabama Power family celebrate the foundation’s 25 years of service by lending their support to 25 community projects,” said Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power chairman, president and CEO. “Serving our communities is what the foundation is all about.”

The Alabama Power Foundation was created on Oct. 31, 1989, with an investment from Alabama Power shareholders. The investment provided the seed money that ensures foundation grants always come from non-ratepayer dollars.

Over the past quarter century, the foundation has invested $150 million to support Alabama communities and nonprofits, with a focus on improving education, health and human services, arts and culture, the environment and Alabamians’ quality of life. The foundation typically supports more than 700 community organizations annually.

Jeh Jeh Pruitt interviews Alabama Power Foundation President John Hudson.
Jeh Jeh Pruitt interviews Alabama Power Foundation President John Hudson. Hudson is also vice president of Public Relations and Charitable Giving for the company.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary, the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) is leading the effort to support the 25 community projects. APSO has 10 chapters with more than 5,500 volunteers devoted to serving communities across the state. APSO members donate more than 50,000 volunteer hours each year to more than 200 nonprofit organizations.

The Alabama Power Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the state, with non-ratepayer assets of more than $140 million. Since its inception 25 years ago, the foundation has awarded more than 20,000 grants and scholarships to Alabama nonprofits, educational institutions and community organizations.

Here’s the list of the 25 community service projects taking place across the state in honor of the foundation’s 25th anniversary:

  • American Red Cross – Blood drive at Plant Barry, north of Mobile.

  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens Fall Plant Sale – Volunteers will assist with setup and volunteer the day of the sale.

  • Central Alabama Community Food Bank – APSO is sponsoring the 10th annual “Let’s Can Hunger” food drive.

  • Child Advocacy Center / Foster Love – Care Kits for Kids – APSO members put together care packages for underprivileged children.

  • Children’s of Alabama – APSO volunteers will participate in the Birmingham hospital’s annual Playtime Extravaganza.

  • Elmore County Humane Society – APSO is helping raise funds for the shelter and assisting in caring for the animals.

  • Habitat for Humanity – APSO volunteers are participating in Habitat builds in several locations.

  • Harvest Festival – APSO members are serving as volunteers for the event at Dothan’s town square.

  • Interfaith Ministries – APSO is volunteering with the Meals on Wheels program, serving disabled and homebound residents in Calhoun County.

  • KaBOOM playground build – APSO supported construction of a new playground at the Kiwanis Branch of the Boys and Girls Club, Mobile.

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Alabama/ Gulf Coast) – APSO volunteers will participate and support the Light the Night Walk by helping with administrative tasks and raising funds.

  • LifeSouth – Blood drive sponsored by Southern Division APSO Chapter, South Central Alabama.

  • Make a Wish Foundation – APSO volunteers are supporting wishes for sick children.

  • Mission of Hope – APSO members will collect clothes and food for the Mobile area mission, as well as provide a monetary donation.

  • National Down Syndrome Society – APSO chapters in the Dothan and Mobile areas are holding events to support Buddy Walks that promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome.

  • Oak Hill School – APSO volunteers are supporting the Tuscaloosa school for children with special abilities at multiple events and monthly birthday celebrations.

  • Presbyterian Children’s Home – APSO volunteers are supporting the Talladega school by painting and decorating children’s rooms.

  • Renew Our Rivers – APSO volunteers are supporting several river cleanups taking place across the state this fall.

  • Ronald McDonald House – APSO volunteers are supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in several Alabama locations, including cooking meals for guests.

  • Safe-T-Opolis – APSO volunteers are presenting electrical safety programs in multiple communities.

  • Salvation Army – APSO’s Plant Miller Chapter in Jefferson County held a cornhole tournament to benefit the Adopt-A-Child program.

  • Spina Bifida Association – APSO volunteers in Southeast Alabama will participate in the “Walk N Roll” and help with registration before the event.

  • St. Mary’s Home – APSO volunteers in the Mobile area are sponsoring monthly birthday celebrations for young residents.

  • Support Our Troops – APSO volunteers in Southeast Alabama area are assembling care packages for soldiers.

  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – APSO members in the Birmingham area will participate in the walk/run to support fundraising for breast cancer research.