Here are just a few examples of organizations or events where our employees get involved year after year.
Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt-A-Park
Each spring, DPL employees and their families give up a Saturday to make a difference for the environment by picking up trash and recyclables as part of the Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt-a-Park event. The park district sends volunteers to locations around Montgomery County that need to be cleaned up.
DPL employees usually work along the Great Miami River, bagging up trash and collecting tires, bottles and plastic to be recycled.
DPL has been participating in the annual event since it started in 1990. During the cleanup, employees say runners and bikers who use the bike path along the river appreciate our efforts and often thank us as they pass by.
This is an example of the great role DPL plays in making the Miami Valley a terrific place to live and work.
Rebuilding Together Dayton
Since 1997, DPL employees have volunteered to help our less fortunate neighbors clean up and fix up their homes as part of the national Rebuilding Together effort. Locally, Rebuilding Together Dayton often helps elderly and handicapped residents make much-needed repairs to their homes so they can stay in their homes where they feel comfortable.
It’s not unusual to see our employees painting or climbing ladders during the day-long event. Year after year, employees participate in the program and bring their families to help out. Our employees also serve on the board of Rebuilding Dayton and volunteer their skills to do public relations or other tasks needed to make the program a success year after year.
To help these neighbors save on their electric bills, DP&L also donates energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to the homeowners of the renovated homes in the Rebuilding Together Dayton program.
Food Bank/Food for Friends Campaign
The DP&L Foundation and DPL employees make a difference each year by collecting food and donations for local food pantries in communities in DP&L’s 24-county service area and for communities around our power plants in southern Ohio.
Those annual donations to the food banks provide tons of food and thousands of dollars to help ease the problem of hunger for children and families in Ohio and Kentucky.
Funding from DP&L and its employees helps The Foodbank in Dayton fill weekend backpacks for children, who wouldn't otherwise have a meal from Friday to Sunday and over the summer vacation when they don't have school lunch programs. The funding also benefits food pantries in the communities where our employees work, live and volunteer.
In 2011, DP&L also provided support to the Children’s Hunger Alliance to produce a video to demonstrate the need for donations and how this organization has been working with Ohio schools, non-profits, faith-based groups and childcare providers to fight hunger and poor nutrition.
Gen D – Get Out and Give Back Dayton!
Generation Dayton, GenD, is a Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce program for young professionals under the age of 40 from around the Miami Valley who meet, network and engage with the community to give their energy and talents to benefit local organizations.
All DPL employees under the age of 40 are eligible for a complimentary GenD membership. Our employees say they volunteer to give back and make an investment in their community to make it a better place.
Since 1996, GenD members have donated their time to help paint, landscape and do other needed tasks at non-profits and social organizations through the annual Get Out & Give Back Dayton! It’s estimated that in 2013, alone, the economic impact of GenD volunteering efforts for that one day amounted to $14,200.
Dayton Power & Light Foundation and DP&L Support the Cultural Life of the Miami Valley
Whether it’s bringing family theater to Greenville, supporting a community landmark in Wilmington or sponsoring programs for major performing arts organizations in Dayton, the Dayton Power & Light Foundation and DP&L enrich the cultural lives of our customers by funding the arts.
Just as our power plants and line crews work 24 hours a day to get safe and reliable electricity to our customers’ homes and businesses, the DP&L Foundation and DP&L provide funding year-round to the organizations that bring the arts to communities in our 24 county service area.
In 2007, DP&L was awarded the Governor’s Award for Arts in Ohio to honor its dedication to the culture of communities in the category of Business Support of the Arts.
From the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington to the Darke County Center for the Arts, the DP&L Foundation has provided funding that allows children and school districts to experience live theater.
DP&L’s support for the arts is visible at many levels - from bricks and mortar and lighting projects to sponsoring seasons for performing arts and art displays.
For example, the main stage of Dayton’s Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center bears the name of Dayton Power & Light because of the company’s contributions to building the state-of-the-art facility. And the DP&L Foundation sponsors the Dayton Skyscrapers art exhibit that displays artwork showcasing African-American role models in the Miami Valley.
Many DPL employees volunteer in various roles at a wide range of arts organizations, from Think-TV in Dayton to the Maysville Players, the oldest theater group in Kentucky.