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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:20 am

Verbatim: I&M receives United Way award

The United Way of Allen County issued the following news release today:

United Way of Allen County honored Indiana Michigan Power and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1392, which represents I&M production and maintenance workers, on Thursday with the 2016 Spirit of Giving Award.

The Spirit of Giving Award recognizes a company that achieves significant advances in its United Way campaign and has outstanding volunteer leadership and participation not only within United Way but also the entire community.

“Indiana Michigan Power is a tremendous partner in the community,” said David Nicole, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “Partners like I&M invest their treasure and their talent in United Way and the community.”

I&M's employees, who have long been strong supporters of United Way both in giving and in volunteer involvement with United Way Day of Caring, pledged nearly $60,000 to United Way of Allen County in the 2016 campaign. I&M generously provided a 50 percent match of that contribution, bringing I&M's total 2016 United Way of Allen County pledge to more than $89,000.

“The United Way of Allen County plays a crucial role in addressing critical issues involving residents' basic needs, education, financial stability and healthy lives,” said Toby Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Michigan Power. “The more than 1,000 I&M employees who live in Indiana go the extra mile to help their neighbors, and their generosity of both money and time is a testament to their good citizenship and dedication to their communities.”

Company-wide, I&M employees contributed a total of more than $285,000 to local United Way organizations in Indiana and Michigan, with the company match bringing the total I&M contributions to $428,000.

In addition to the workplace giving campaign, I&M employees participate in United Way's Day of Caring, including about 50 employees in this year's event last week. Earlier this year, Thomas presented a $50,000 check on behalf of the AEP Foundation to United Way of Allen County for the United Way 211 service center that connects individuals with needed resources.