KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 10, 2013 – The Florida Municipal Electric Association has presented its 2013 Community Service Award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for the utility’s strong commitment to addressing community needs during the past year. KUA was one of 17 utilities honored statewide.
FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline presented the award to KUA during ceremonies held today at the association’s Energy Connections Conference in Orlando.
The award is presented annually to utilities that enhance the quality of life in their communities through activities that address community needs and improve the area’s social, cultural, educational and economic environment.
In the past year, KUA supported more than 90 community organizations and activities that impacted a combined 256,000 residents. Notable projects included:
• daily employee delivery of meals to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels
• collection of clothing for victims of domestic violence
• distribution of 65,000 free hurricane preparedness guides
• hosting of community blood drives and voter registration drives
• scholarships to local high school students
• sponsorship of a parade to honor military veterans
• hosting youth soccer activities at the utility’s on-site fields
• funding of a community dog park
• donation of 5,230 school supply items to A Gift For Teaching of Osceola County
• holiday toy drives for children in need
“Partnering with the community is a core value of our organization and part of our mission statement,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “I am thrilled that KUA has again received statewide recognition for its work in the local community.”
KUA’s mission statement: To provide reliable and economical services to our customers while partnering with the community and the environment.
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Chris M. Gent