Community Involvement

Giving back: TECO Energy takes pride in being part of the communities we serve

We're involved in areas we serve. Contributing to our communities helps to 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 also help our communities by 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
  • Emergency planning and preparedness initiatives
  • 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.

Corporate Relations
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. 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.

Community service: leading by example

Participants of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas leadership development programs spent much of 2013 helping Odessa, Fla.-based Quantum Leap Farm in its mission to use horses as therapy to treat people with mental and physical disabilities. Demonstrating our commitment to community involvement and our core value of respect and concern for others, company leaders, with materials donated by TECO Energy contractors, devoted their time - including some weekends - and energy to provide Quantum Leap with more resources to deliver therapy.

In addition to two barns, team members worked on landscaping, adding new plants to the facility and more. And Quantum Leap couldn't be happier with the results, according to Edie Dopking, founder and director of Quantum Leap Farm.

"It's hard to continue growing and helping people without the kind of help TECO Energy provided," Dopking said. "All the materials that were donated - it's not something we could've done on our own."