A commitment to community service defines public power.
On June 7, more than 80 employees continued this tradition by participating in OPPD’s “Day of Giving.” Working closely with Food Bank of the Heartland, United Way of the Midlands, and Little Vikes Athletic Association, employees lived OPPD core value of honoring their community by working more than 240 volunteer hours.
The largest project was the OPPD Power Park, home of Lil’ Vikes football team. The park is adjacent to OPPD’s North Omaha Station.
“This is not a one day and done deal, but an ongoing commitment to the community, living our values,” said Mike Ferm, director of Operations at OPPD.
North Omaha Station employees with specialized skills revamped the ballpark.
Cody Karre, manager of North Omaha Station, echoed Ferm.
“Their skilled labor made significant improvements and it was a great opportunity to do some amazing work for the neighborhood.”
The electricians, steamfitters and other personnel rebuilt the aging scoreboard, deteriorating backstop and weakened bleachers.
They painted the dugouts, bleachers and concession stand to match the home team’s colors – white, gold and blue. Volunteers also trimmed and freshened up the landscaping at the ballpark. The team has plans for more improvements throughout the year.
“The work performed made the park a safer and more comfortable environment for players and spectators, along with giving the community a fresher look,” said Karre.
“I am honored to serve my community alongside my fellow EMS team members,” said Rick Stanger, operations system administrator. “The Day of Giving is another opportunity for employees to demonstrate that we care about each other.”
That same week, document services set up for the 2019 Golf Classic for the Omaha Home for Boys and served as event ambassadors, along with closing of the event. Proceeds from the tournament support the more than 300 youth served by the home annually.
OPPD’s annual Day of Giving is in conjunction with the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Public Power Day of Giving.
Rachel Chavez, control system specialist, volunteered at the Timberlake Outreach Center.
“I really enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to get out in the community to do something that helped improve the lives of people in need.”
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