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Community Involvement

 

OPPD Employees Volunteer Time, Talent and Resources

OPPD has a history of community service as old as the company itself. Customers expect OPPD to contribute to the communities we serve and reside in. As a publicly owned organization, OPPD is limited as to the financial support it can give. We rely on the time, talent and resources of our employees in serving the organizations that keep our communities strong.


Mark Kuhlenengel A Salute to Sacrifice -- Thousands of men and women pay the price to preserve liberty and freedom. Among those brave souls are men and women who work at OPPD and are members of Reserve or National Guard units. At left, Mark Kuhlenengel, principal engineer in Transmission Engineering, has served in the Army Reserves for 27 years.
Howell Charity Golf Tournament Howell Charity Golf Tournament -- OPPD employees helped raise $7,600 for donation to the Nebraska Children's Society. OPPD staff volunteered for a variety of duties to help stage the Sam and Dorothy Howell charity golf tournament. The event was started in memory of Sam and Dorothy Howell, parents of OPPD's Ed Howell, manager, Metering & Collections. The Howell's had a long-standing history of community service.
Hugh Ruhsam in Africa Heart & Soul --  See how two OPPD employees  and two retirees have made a difference in the world with volunteer work.  At left, Hugh Ruhsam, a system engineer at OPPD's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, spent a month working with children in Africa.
Green Flick Logo Aim Green -- OPPD reaches out to area high school students with the annual Project GreenFlick, a video contest where students are encouraged to submit a two minute video on energy conservation or the environment. Students can win money for themselves and their schools.
Power Drive Yellow Car Power Drive -- High school students design and build one-person electric vehicles, then compete with each other at a series of rallies in the spring. Volunteers help make these events happen, serving as track officials, tech inspectors, timers and other roles.
Walk for Warmth logo - jpg Energy Assistance Program -- Employees and partners help those in need of help in paying utility bills. Employees assist with an annual auction, contribute funds through jeans days and participate in the annual Heartland Walk for Warmth. Employees also volunteer in several summer fund-raising events.
Rodeo View Lineworkers' Rodeo -- OPPD employees assisted  in  hosting the 2010 Lineworkers' Rodeo, a national competition that helps lineworkers improve essential skills.
Tree Line Logo Tree Planting Program -- OPPD has established a Tree-Planting Program for the purpose of promoting and sponsoring community tree-planting projects.
Corporate Cup Wellness --  Employees compete in events like the Corporate Cup, the Trek Up the Tower and UNO Women's Walk. More than 140 employees and family members took part in the 2010 Corporate Cup.
United Way Logo United Way -- OPPD has long been a supporter of an annual fund-raising drive to raise money for United Way of the Midlands.
Speakers Bureau Logo Speakers Bureau -- OPPD employees make presentations to area organizations, churches and other groups regarding trends in the electric utility business and related hot topics.
Habitat Build OPPD Housing Partners -- Employees partner with local agencies to provide resources for Healthy Homes. Partners include Brush Up Nebraska, National Rebuilding Day,  and Habitat Women Build.This year's Brush Up Nebraska project marks the 19th house OPPD volunteers have repaired and repainted in a program that assists low-income, elderly and disabled people in Omaha.
 
Tim Johnson at Habitat for Humanity Event Habitat for Humanity -- OPPD workgroups have pitched in to build several Habitat homes, some showcasing energy-saving features. In the photo at left, Tim Johnson hands house keys to a new Habitat homeowner. In addition, several female OPPD employees helped with work on a Habitat house in north Omaha.
NEAN Logo Nebraska Energy Assistance Network -- Employees provide community outreach, helping low income households with education and in implementing energy efficiency upgrades in their homes.
Winners Circle Winners Circle -- Employees invest four to six hours of time each quarter and become a goal buddy for area students. Volunteers help children build a brighter future in a school-based program to improve the academic achievement of high-risk, inner city elementary school students.
Graduation Mortarboard Swigart Golf Tournament -- Over 230 golfers participated in the tournament, named in memory of the late Warren R. Swigart,  who was a member of the OPPD Board of Directors and active in many civic and community organizations.  Proceeds from this event fund two scholarships awarded annually by the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University.
Business Woman Logo Agency Support - OPPD employees support food drives, book drives and clothing drives for schools and community agencies. The Strike Out Hunger downtown food drive raised the equivalent of 2,472 pounds of food. The women's professional clothing drive collected two van loads of clothing for the YWCA career clothing closet.
Head Start on Energy Get A Head Start on Energy -- An education program for use by community-based organizations as a learning experience for households to discover or stabilize energy use in their home and plan for energy-related experiences.

 

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