UI employees are devoted to the communities in which they live and work, and are personally and professionally active in Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, schools and non-profit organizations. UI encourages employee volunteerism by providing matching support for a variety of activities and memberships.
Every year, UI conducts its own company-wide campaign to support non-profit organizations in our service territory. Employees generously give to the campaign to address the needs of communities in which they work and live. In addition, key UI executives and managers have chaired regional campaigns, directed major campaign cabinet divisions, and served on boards, lending expertise and providing guidance to organizations in our community.
UI employees are experts in their respective fields. Realizing that the people we serve often want to know more about energy, employees are available to address community groups, civic clubs, associations and other organizations. UI’s Speakers Bureau volunteers present information on a variety of subjects, including electric utility restructuring, environmental responsibility, electrical safety, meter theft, emergency preparedness, billing issues, energy conservation and careers in the utility industry.
Many non-profit organizations have benefited from the generosity UI employees have demonstrated time and time again. Here are a few that have benefited:
- Envelopes Anyone? - An organization that helps communities become environmentally conscious by saving materials they normally would discard i.e. calendars, wallpaper and many paper products to create unique envelopes. UI's Economic & Community Development department and the BEST Team (Business Enterprise Sustainability Team) collected a total of 448 calendars and donated them to Envelopes Anyone? The calendars allow disabled people and veterans to create hand made envelopes from the recycled calendars and sell them through organizations such as ACES and Marrakech.
- Wi-mentor – launched in Bridgeport, this program serves high school students in Bridgeport and Stratford through a partnership with The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. A thorough screening process provides high school students one-on-one mentoring through weekly email correspondence focused on college preparation and career choices.
- UI partnered with New Haven Home Recovery (a provider of emergency shelter for families) to do a back-to-school drive to benefit the children in New Haven Home Recovery shelters and programs. UI employees contributed backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, folders rulers and various other school supplies.
Under UI’s Matching Gifts to Education Program, the company matches dollar for dollar employee donations to any eligible educational institution in Connecticut. The company provides a 50% match to out-of-state institutions.