During the recent annual Mississippi Power Community Connection meeting, highlights of this year’s service projects were shared, and the Volunteer of the Year was announced from each of the seven chapters before an audience of around 100 attendees.
President and CEO Anthony Wilson and Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Services Johnny Atherton attended to thank the employee volunteers for their tremendous service and pass out awards to the Volunteers of the Year.
This year’s winners were:
Vivian Rodriguez, Coast Chapter
Rachel Newton, General Office Chapter
Julius Hooks, Jackson/George Chapter
Tommy Jackson, Meridian Chapter
Scott Jackson, Pine Belt Chapter
Trenton Steele, Kemper County energy facility Chapter/Plant Ratcliffe Chapter
Joye Pierce, Plant Watson Chapter
“It’s just a remarkable testament to folks who continue to give their time, money and energy toward helping others,” said Community Development Corporate Giving Manager Rodger Meinzinger. “It’s fabulous. We’ve always said we wanted to be more than just a provider of electricity in the communities we serve. This is just another way we show that.”
Community Connection now has a record 1,058 members across its seven chapters.
From October 2015 through September 2016, employees took on 237 projects with more than 12,300 volunteer hours logged.
In terms of making a difference financially, Community Connection raised $166,057 and also provided another $34,849 in assistance for 39 families.