Giving Back: TECO Energy Takes Pride in Being Part of the Communities We Serve
We're involved in areas we serve, and our communities help shape and sustain our business culture.
Our responsibility to our communities means we work to make them better places to live. We're making sure the areas we serve know we are committed by being active and involved.
Through our community involvement program, team members are encouraged to participate in and contribute to the neighborhoods where we live and thrive. As a result, our communities help us to shape and sustain our business culture.
We help our communities by focusing on promoting:
- Stewardship of our environment by our direct actions, as well as community activities
- Our education system at all levels, from elementary through college
- Community activities that support economic development
- Community activities for emergency planning and preparedness
- Wellness through support of hospitals and elderly care facilities
The strength of our communities' educational, cultural, environmental, health and human service programs and facilities are a priority for us. We believe programs like these are important assets in attracting new businesses to our communities.
TECO Energy team members throughout the organization are encouraged to support the community through volunteerism, giving their time, talent and generosity. Company leaders support and provide leadership to area organizations by serving on boards and participating at events.
Throughout our company, we participate in ways that support the specific needs of the local communities we share.
TECO Energy supports educational and cultural institutions, including the Glazer Children's Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Hillsborough Education Foundation in 2012. Through organizations, such as the Centre for Women, the United Way and the Salvation Army, TECO Energy helps provide additional services to members of our communities in need. We also support high schools, colleges, museums, performing arts centers and environmental education centers in our Florida service areas.
Tampa Electric team members participate extensively in educational and service initiatives, including grass-roots efforts, such as drives to collect school supplies and toys. They also volunteer for environmental causes, including clean up events and enhancement activities.
Team members take time each year to teach classes at the Great American Teach-In and participate in school-based mentoring programs. They support the educational initiatives of Junior Achievement by participating in the annual Diploma-see and Bowl-a-thon events. They provide home improvements for the elderly through Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa! Team members also support Florida Blood Services throughout the year by donating blood when the blood mobile visits company sites.
The company also works to ensure the community uses energy wisely, working with the Hillsborough County school system and other government entities to make sure they are aware of the advantages of energy-efficiency programs and rebates. In 2010, Tampa Electric partnered with the city of Tampa to retrofit more than 6,000 incandescent traffic signals with high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and presented the city with a rebate check of nearly $100,000. Beyond the rebate, there is a longer-term effect with LEDs lowering the city's electric bill for traffic lights.
Our coal company employees volunteer many hours to the American Cancer Society and its signature event, Relay for Life. In 2011, those volunteers raised $50,000 to help fight against cancer. TECO Coal employees also volunteer in youth sports, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts and civic organizations. A few other organizations TECO Coal contributes to include the Alzheimer's Association, the American Heart Association, the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and WestCare (Kentucky).
TECO Coal contributes to the arts and culture, including The Artists Collaborative Theatre, Cumberland Mountain Arts & Crafts Council, Hazard Bluegrass Festival, Sugar Grove Opry Mountain Bluegrass Festival, the Greater Hazard Performing Arts Series, The Dance Gallery and The Fine Arts Association of Southeastern Kentucky.