For Mississippi Power employees, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity to remember his vision and honor his legacy by helping others.
“This is a very special day to pay tribute to what Dr. King stood for,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson. “Our company shares his deep-rooted belief in serving others, so this is the perfect time for our employees and their families to use this day to do something for their community. The collective effort of our employees’ volunteer spirit makes our region better, our state better and ultimately, makes our company better.”
Company employees took part in six MLK Day of Service projects on Jan. 16.
On the Coast, volunteers helped enhance the watershed in the Turkey Creek area, reinforcing braces for fishing piers, pouring Quikrete around pier footings and clearing foliage along the walking trail.
In Pascagoula, company volunteers served lunch at Our Daily Bread, and in Wiggins a team of company employees helped clean up an area near Stone High School.
“Our employees stay active in their communities throughout the year but there is something unique about this day and what it means to all of us,” said Coast Division Manager Tommy Murphy. “It’s a tremendous time to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with others to do something great for a charity, a school or any group you choose to help.”
Volunteers in the Pine Belt area helped paint and refurbish structures at the Lighthouse Rescue Mission and the Laurel Domestic Abuse Shelter.
“In the Pine Belt, we partner with other groups on a project to celebrate MLK Day,” said Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey. “We not only build great relationships but also build up our community when we selflessly serve others.”
Company employees were also busy in the Meridian area as volunteers collected debris and cleaned up trash in and around Velma Young Park and the East End community.
“To me, this is a day on and not a day off,” said Meridian Division Manager Eddie Kelly. “We work a portion of the day and it means so much to the organizations that we help. The feedback we get when the public sees our employees engaged in their communities, giving of their time and helping others is priceless. It’s also a very rewarding experience for the employees as well, so it’s very much a win-win endeavor.”
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