This month, Kissimmee Utility Authority celebrates the 20th anniversary of its community sponsorship program – a fund that works to improve the quality of life in the community it serves.
The program was established by the utility’s board of directors in 1995 to support programs and issues that are directly related to its business objectives. Since then, the program has supported hundreds of local nonprofit organizations and activities in Osceola County to help build meaningful relationships with residents, while building a healthier, more vibrant community.
The sponsorship program focuses its resources on six key areas: education, community/civic, arts/culture/humanities, environment, safety/health/human services and economic development. In a typical year, the program supports 50 organizations that reach a combined 250,000 individuals.
Past notable projects include:
- Purchase of portable coolers for the daily delivery of meals to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels.
- Annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless veterans.
- Construction of a boundless playground where children, with and without disabilities, can play.
- Regional economic development summit.
- Funding of college scholarships for local high school students.
- Holiday toy drives for children in need.
- Community health fairs.
The program has also funded capital campaigns to help expand the facilities of several local nonprofits, including the Osceola Council on Aging, Osceola YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and Osceola Arts.
The sponsorship program is funded by the KUA board of directors and represents one percent of the utility’s total budget – or 33 cents per customer per month.
KUA’s outreach efforts have earned it a statewide Community Service Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association for 13 consecutive years, and the utility has been nationally recognized twice by the American Public Power Association for ongoing service to the community.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Florida.
Contact: Chris Gent