Community Giving Grant is an integral way Lakeland Electric creates strong partnerships with charities within our community. Every year, Lakeland Electric gives 30 organizations $1,000 sponsorships. Last year, like many years in the past, we received more applications that sponsorships allowed. The selection process is competitive because we at Lakeland Electric want to honor and help those who are doing the very best for our community. Two organizations that received sponsorships from the 2017 Community Giving Grant were Parker Street Ministries and Carpenters Home Estates.
Parker Street Ministry is a faith based 501c3 founded in 1999 in downtown Lakeland. Every day the dedicated volunteers of this organization improve the lives of those they work with. Timothy Mitchell, the founder of the organization is out to create true community and neighborly kindness. This past year, Parker Street Ministry was awarded one of our $1,000 Community Giving sponsorships. The sponsorship was used for their annual friendraiser: Taking Victory to the Streets. Kim Schell, the organizations Chief Operating Officer said, “Lakeland Electric led the way with an early sponsorship and was joined by 16 other sponsors to underwrite the cost of the event which served more than 300 Lakelanders. The event raised over $100,000. Attendees learned about [their] mission, about families held captive by generational poverty, and about the importance of the “power of stay,” of staying with a cause through its ups and downs.”
Carpenters Home Estates has been a part of the Lakeland community sing 1986. Carpenters Home Estates prides themselves in providing well rounded senior care that does not force its residents to settle for something less than perfect. This year, Mr. Brian Robare submitted the organizations Community Giving Grant Application. “While the Estates at Carpenters works to promote the general welfare of our residents and employees, we also enjoy this opportunity to work to help protect our community and our deputies. We appreciate the work that they do for us each and every day!” To help with continued protection of our officers, the sponsorship given to the Estates was set aside to help pay for a new PCSO K-9 when needed.
The sponsorships given through the Community Giving Grant program are aimed at helping charities that benefit the lives of those who live in our territory. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be State of Florida-registered charitable organization located within the Lakeland Electric territory. Lakeland Electric’s Community Giving Grant application period opens June 15th and ends August 1st. To learn more about this program and see if you qualify, visit www.lakelandelectric.com/About-us/Community-Giving.
Hurricane Irma feels like it was just yesterday, but that does not mean now is the time to let our guard down. Hurricane season is about to start up again on June 1st. Now is the time to begin preparing for this year’s storms.
One way to prepare for the upcoming season is by coming out to the annual “Ready Night” baseball game. This year the game will be on May 23rd at Joker Marchant Stadium. Not only will you and the family enjoy watching the Flying Tigers take on the Palm Beach Cardinals, but you will also receive important information about how to prepare your home and loved ones for hurricanes. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a night of preparedness displays, trivia questions, PSA audio and video messages, and games/contests!
Another way to prepare for storm season is by checking out our Hurricane Guide. Every year, we provide both print and digital copies of our most up to date Hurricane information. There is something for the whole family in the guide: Parents, grandparents, kids, and even pets! Follow this link to find our guide and bookmark it on your computer: https://lakelandelectric.com/hurricaneguide You may even want to print out the guide and store it in a watertight container to make sure it is safe before, during, and after a storm hits.
An important way to ensure that your family is prepared for the season is to have a 3-Day Emergency kit stored safely in your home. Some items that should be in a hurricane kit include:
- Battery Operated Items (NOAA radio, flashlights, etc.) and extra batteries
- Canned and non-perishable food and a can opener. Include specialty food if needed
- Drinking water in non-breakable containers (one gallon per day, per person)
- Fully charged cell phone and car charger and/or back-up battery charger
- First Aid Kit, Prescription Medicine, and personal aids such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
- Identification, credit cards, extra cash, extra car keys, and valuable papers and policies in a waterproof container
- Specialty items for infants, elderly, disabled, and pets
- One sleeping bag or blanket per person
- A change of clothes and shoes per person
Before a storm hits, you should also check to make sure all necessary medical arrangements are in place. Have a plan for essential medicine or medical equipment that require power, such as oxygen concentrator, CPAP machine, insulin, etc. If special medical attention is needed, call the Polk County Special Needs Program to pre-register at 863-298-7027. Lakeland Electric understands that some customer’s medical condition requires the use of life-sustaining equipment that rely on power. Remember our Medically Essential Service Program is designed to provide reasonable prior notice of power interruption due to scheduled service maintenance. In an emergency power outage, like a hurricane, it is our customer’s responsibility to have a power back-up for their medical equipment, as well as an action plan for proceeding to the nearest medical facility. To sign-up for the Medically Essential Service Program to be notifies of non-emergency power interruption or to check if you or someone in your family qualifies click here: https://tinyurl.com/y856orgd
Before Hurricane season, be sure to call (863)834-9535 to verify your phone number with a customer service representative or go online to lakelandelectric.com/Customers. Click on “My Account” to log in and access your information. We need your current phone number on file for the automated outage system to work properly.
Now’s the time to start thinking of your plans for Hurricane season before it is too late. Make small efforts everyday so you and your family are not rushing around as a hurricane lingers off our coast. Now’s the time to prepare! Are you ready?
As a municipal utility (MUNI), Lakeland Electric ranks giving back to the community as a high priority. We do this in many ways. We offer grants to local charities, scholarships to students, and sponsor and volunteer at many community events throughout the year. Another way we give back is by supporting local sports organizations. These organizations utilize our city facilities, boost our local economy, and enhance our customer’s quality of life.
Our Customer Appreciation Baseball Game with the Flying Tigers is April 28th! Come out and enjoy a free game on us! To get into the game, present your Lakeland Electric Utility bill and you will receive four (4) complimentary tickets. You may use a paper or a digital bill. The box office opens at 4:00 pm. This year, Lakeland Electric is holding a contest to give two winners four (4) free suite seats and the chance to throw out the first pitch! We’re holding this contest through a food drive at the game to support VISTE, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly. The two customers who bring the most non-perishable food to Joker Marchant Stadium on April 28th between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm will win.
The game begins at 6 pm at the Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd Lakeland, FL 33805 Following the game, there will be a fireworks extravaganza for everyone to enjoy. There is nothing like baseball and fireworks to get everyone in the mood for summertime! Follow us on social media for the latest updates about this event, and other fun events in the future!
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Lakeland Electric has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.
For the past 30 years, FMEA has recognized the efforts of Florida’s public power utilities to stress worker safety as the No. 1 priority. Utilities are placed into categories according to their total man-hours worked, and rewarded for the most incident-free records. The incidence rate used to judge utilities was based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses compared to the total number of worker-hours during 2017, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Lakeland Electric was awarded second place in category E, which is comprised of utilities with 950,000 to 2,499,999 man-hours worked. This recognition reflects Lakeland Electric’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to the customers. In an industry where serious injuries and fatalities are inherent, safety training is the best line of defense in preventing accidents and saving lives.
Awards were presented on March 10 at the FMEA Annual Florida Lineman Competition Awards banquet in Kissimmee.
About FMEA: The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.
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