On December 12, the county was shaken by images of tornados tearing through communities across the middle of the United States. At least 50 tornados were reported in eight states, leaving 88 people dead and countless without power. Our hearts go out to the families affected by these events, a tragedy that seemed especially devastating during a time otherwise focused on the holidays and the new year.

Kentucky was hit particularly hard by the tornadoes, and Invenergy’s Kentucky development team felt this distress acutely, having spent a lot of time in the state and getting to know its communities well. Through Invenergy’s Impact Program, a donation of $25,000 was made to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, to help residents get back on their feet.

The Kentucky tornadoes are a sobering reminder that natural disasters occur with little warning and can be destructive beyond belief. Volunteer organizations are critical to providing relief in times of sudden distress, mobilizing quickly to provide on-the-ground support wherever they are needed. As such, Invenergy believes it’s also important to support these organizations and the work they do.

In December, Invenergy provided $15,000 to Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization that promptly dispatched groups of local “Greyshirt” volunteers throughout Kentucky following the storms. Invenergy has a long history of working with Team Rubicon to aid in disaster relief situations through the Invenergy Veterans Network and Invenergy Impact Program.

Whether tornadoes, wildfires, or hurricanes, the fact remains that we must work together to meet the challenges of climate change. Invenergy is proud to develop projects that ensure the lights stay on and essential services continue to operate. We will continue delivering clean, reliable power to communities across the country and supporting organizations and funds that help them in their times of need.

If you want to help areas affected by the recent tornadoes, donate to the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund here, and learn how to volunteer with Team Rubicon and become a Greyshirt here.