Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power employees and their families have traditionally spent the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday participating in community service projects across the company’s 23-county service territory.

The company’s volunteer efforts for this year’s MLK Day of Service on Monday will look different with no in-person projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the chapters have found creative ways to make a difference in their communities on this special day.

“The safety and health of our employees, their families and our community partners remain at the center of every decision we make,” Community Development and Corporate Giving Manager Brad Bradford said. “We have asked our Community Connection chapters to find virtual opportunities or provide other assistance to support our partners, so we can continue safely serving our communities.”

Community Connection chapters will recognize the 2021 MLK Day of Service in the following ways:

  • Coast Chapter – Provide funding for a landscaping crew to work at Gaston Point Elementary School in Gulfport.
  • East Mississippi Chapter – Provide funding for an express coffee trailer to be onsite at Meridian’s two hospitals.
  • General Office Chapter – Donating approximately 100 smoke detectors to the Harrison County Fire Department for distribution to people in need.
  • Jackson/George Chapter – Donation to Our Daily Bread in Pascagoula.
  • Pine Belt Chapter – Donation to The Fieldhouse for the Homeless in Hattiesburg.
  • Plant Watson Chapter – Donating supplies to Community Gardens to rehabilitate gardens and irrigation system.

“Dr. King’s powerful messages of unity, equity and service resonate as strongly today as they did when he first delivered them,” Vice President of External Affairs and Shared Services Billy Thornton said. “I’m so proud that our employees continue to serve our customers and communities despite the challenges presented by the pandemic.”

Now in its 96th year of operations, Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and affordable energy for more than 188,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi Power recently was a recipient of the Community Partner Impact Award from the Center for Energy Workforce Development for its innovative and ongoing efforts to build a diverse workforce. Visit our websites and, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.