IN THE COMMUNITY
Community involvement is important to Power Partners employees, and it shows. In 2003, the year that founders Sherrie Ford and Steve Hollis purchased the Athens facility, the American Cancer Society in Athens designated Power Partners as its Rookie of the Year as a result of the company’s fundraising for the nonprofit’s 2003 Relay for Life. Power Partners has repeatedly been the top-performing Relay for Life fundraising team ever since.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity and is the largest community fundraiser in the world. Each year, Power Partners employees come together to form a Relay for Life team, roll up their sleeves and get to work raising money. With tremendous support from our leadership, dedication from our team members and the generous spirit of our employees, we have always surpassed our fundraising goal through numerous fundraisers like raffles, bake sales, and special events.
One such event is our annual Golf Tournament. Linked with our annual Supplier Day to encourage participation from our vendors and customers, the Dr. Sherrie Ford Memorial Invitational Golf Day has exceeded all of our expectations and raised thousands of dollars each year since its inception.
Another fundraising event for Relay for Life is Power Partners’ participation is an annual 5K Run/Walk that is part of the Georgia Run & See Grand Prix and the Black Bag Race series. The race attracts runners from across Georgia and beyond.
The employees who serve on Power Partners’ CARE (Charity Awareness Resources and Execution) team handle requests from community nonprofits and have supported more than two dozen causes in the past year, plus the company and employees are big supporters of the United Way.
The comprehensive recycling efforts of employees have garnered a number of awards from the Athens-Clarke Recycling Division and the Georgia Recycling Coalition. Jim Duffie, a plant engineer at Power Partners who helped start the company’s considerable in-house recycling program and has been deeply involved in Athens-Clarke recycling efforts, received the Spirit of the Green award from the Georgia Recycling Coalition as its 2010 volunteer of the year.
Power Partners is a founding partner of the Adopt-a-Class Program created in 2004 by the Clarke County School District and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce to help middle school students see how academics and workplace skills relate, increase the high school graduation rate, and provide students with knowledge about employment opportunities in the Athens area. Monthly, Power Partners employees work with students at three middle schools on the same teamwork exercises used at the Power Partners manufacturing facility. The 8th graders from all four Clarke County middle schools tour the Power Partners facility during the school year.