Employees at Tucson Electric Power deliver more than electricity – they help provide meals for the needy through volunteer efforts at the Community Food Bank.
Every three months, 20 to 35 employees go to the food bank warehouse to assemble more than 3,000 emergency food boxes with more than 88,000 pounds of food. These boxes are among the 26,000 boxes that are distributed every month.
Several employees bring along food donations to help stock the shelves of this crucial community lifeline.
Ali Rothwell, a TEP Regulatory Services Coordinator, organizes the food bank visits.
"I feel like I'm helping to feed these families," said Rothwell. "It's a wonderful feeling that I'm feeding a little kid. If I wasn't there packing that box, how are they going to get that food?"
The Community Food Bank is one of more than 300 Arizona nonprofit organizations that benefit from TEP's Community Action Team, or CAT. Its steering committee, of which Rothwell is a member, mobilizes employees and their families in volunteer activities year-round.
CAT is part of TEP's commitment to partner with communities in its energy-service area to make them better places to live. The company's efforts range from corporate philanthropy to making it possible for customers to help each other.