Invenergy Blog: January 27, 2022
Invenergy Impact Recap: December 2021
Kansas Renewable Team Volunteers at ReStore
In December 2021 the Kansas Renewable Development Team volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Denver. Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. ReStores accept donations and sell a constantly changing inventory of diverse, high-quality merchandise to the public at a fraction of the retail price, while diverting reusable household items and building materials from area landfills. The funds raised at Habitat Restores contribute to future Habitat for Humanity builds.
During their VTO the team received, organized, and staged donations in the ReStore showroom.
Cozy Care Packaging
This month JoEllen Billotte, Analyst, Renewable Development based in our Denver office, volunteered with her church to package up 4,000 pounds of food from the Food Bank of the Rockies and distributed care packages to over 120 families in need in the Denver area. The care packages included non-perishable items and fresh produce, as well as a gift card to the grocery store, a big bag of candy, and a warm lap blanket.
Forward Energy Center donates to Dodge County Toy Bank
The Forward Energy Center team in Wisconsin donated to the Dodge County Toy Bank in Wisconsin during this holiday season.
The Gunsight Team Supports Big Spring Intermediate School & Local Angel Tree Program
The Gunsight Energy Center team in Texas purchased much-needed school supplies for students, teachers and staff at Big Spring Intermediate School. The site was able to donate over $2,000 of school supplies like headphones, books, dictionaries, pens, pencils, markers, scissors, highlighters, bookshelves, supply carts, classroom tables, educational games and more.
The team also participated in the yearly Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. Through the Angel Tree Program, items are collected for all ages from babies to teenagers, to seniors.
Invenergy Japan Donates to Kodomo Shokudo
In 2021, our Japan Team donated over 2 metric tons of rice to Musubie, a non-profit organization based in Japan for Kodomo Shokudo, or children's cafeterias, across the country. Kodomo Shokudo are cafeterias that provide healthy free or low-cost meals to children in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Kodomo Shokudo has increased by 33% across the country and while visiting children also learn about nutrition, table manners, and many offer tutoring as well. To learn more about the importance of Kodomo Shokudo in Japan, check out this article.
Cleaning Up the Trails
The Invenergy Portland Team volunteered with Portland Parks and Recreation to help maintain some of the trail system in Marquam Nature Park. They spend the morning removing fallen leaves from the surface and surrounding area of the trails. Once these leaves fall, they get wet and slippery causing a hazard to people utilizing the trail system. They also plug drainage systems which can cause damage to the trails if left unchecked, given the amount of precipitation that Portland receives.
“The work we completed allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the park, with the added satisfaction of knowing many other people will get that chance as well.” – Zach Lea, Senior Analyst, Renewable Development
Military Order of the Purple Heart at Wake Wind Energy Center
Wake Energy Center was personally thanked by members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) for their donations over the past four years to the organization through the site's Invenergy Impact Program. Marine Corporal Steve Oien, who served in Vietnam and is the Commander of MOPH Chapter 0900, and Ron Goulette, a combat medic and member of the 101st Airborne Division, presented the Wake team with “A Purple Heart Business” proclamation and an award plaque.
The MOPH Chapter 0900 serves veterans in the South Plains of Texas area which includes counties where Wake Energy Center and McAdoo Energy Center are located. Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and monetary donations. Family members of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans’ hospitals. Learn more about MOPH and their important work here.