The linemen of Kissimmee Utility Authority are not only building a stronger electric system, they’re building a stronger community, too.
April was National Autism Awareness Month which coincided with the 15th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Tallahassee, a statewide rodeo-style competition that demonstrates the safety, skill and endurance of electric linemen.
To promote autism awareness and acceptance, KUA’s linemen competing in the event developed a campaign to sell team T-shirts to raise funds for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando. The shirts were sold by the linemen to utility employees as well as to spectators and competitors at the Florida rodeo and at the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Sacramento, California in May.
At Wednesday’s meeting of the KUA board of directors, the linemen presented a check totaling $3,570 to ASGO president Donna Lorman.
“While there is no known cure for autism, there are therapy and educational resources available to help ease the challenges associated with the condition.” said KUA manager of transmission and distribution operations Bruce Thompson. “We are pleased to be able to donate these funds to an organization that helps local families meet those challenges.”
The Autism Society of Greater Orlando was founded in 1996 by a group of volunteer parents to better assist families of children and adults with autism in the Central Florida area.