ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2018 Power of A Silver Award winners for their efforts to improve lives through access to utilities, funding, and services that enhance well-being.
Edison Electric Institute – Puerto Rico Power Restoration
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, causing damage that would be unthinkable on the mainland United States. Maria devastated the island’s critical infrastructure, including the energy grid. It is estimated that at least 80 percent of the island’s grid was affected by the storm, resulting in a total system outage. The Edison Electric Institute received a request from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to support power restoration efforts on the island. Since the day the request was received, EEI and its member companies worked in partnership with the American Public Power Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and with PREPA and federal government partners, to supply technical expertise, materials, equipment, and resources to the island and to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.
Futures Industry Association – FIA Cares
FIA Cares supports a variety of charities with the idea that its annual conferences represented a unique opportunity to focus its attendees on charitable giving. With five major annual conferences each year on three continents, FIA Cares has positively impacted those less fortunate and in need around the world. Its major efforts have benefitted Futures For Kids and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others.
ISSA – Cleaning for a Reason
In 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates 879,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed among women in the United States. Cleaning for a Reason’s mission is to ease the burden of a messy, unclean environment, while minimizing tasks for women battling any type of cancer. Cleaning for a Reason is sending the message that “help is on the way” for women with cancer so that they can focus on their health, not their homes. In the 12 years since it began, partnering maid services have volunteered their time to clean for more than 29,000 women, donating services valued at more than $9 million. Cleaning for a Reason works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies throughout the United States and Canada to help women in need.
Michigan Realtors – MI Great Places, Inc.
Michigan Realtors placemaking grants are available for Realtor Association members and Local Realtor Associations in Michigan to fund community projects that improve neighborhoods. Placemaking capitalizes on inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and wellbeing. Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects are small, inexpensive and incremental community projects that do not need to cost a lot of money to get off the ground, nor do they need to take too much time to plan and complete. Reimbursement grants ranging from $500 to $3500 are awarded to projects that focus on creating, restoring and revitalizing a public outdoor space as a destination and gathering place within a community. They create community gathering places, attract residents and visitors, bring life to downtown areas, support walkable communities, preserve open and green spaces and bring awareness to a space
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administration – Assisting Displaced Students Project
To assist some of the more than 120,000 students across the country who experience school closures while they are enrolled or shortly after they withdraw, NASFAA launched a website, NextStepsEd.org, to connect students with knowledgeable, caring financial aid administrators. This effort was born out of a coalition NASFAA formed with several other groups, which sought to assist students in determining their eligibility for closed-school federal loan discharge and borrower defense, as well as forgiveness of their Pell Grant, and navigating the process of applying for loan discharge. Prior to the project’s completion, NASFAA will create an informational website where students can access information about closed-school federal loan discharge and will publish and share with the Department of Education and other interested parties a final paper with lessons learned so the process for assisting these affected students may be modified in the future to be smoother and more easily understood.
National Auctioneers Association – Auction for Hope
NAA Auction for Hope is built upon a network of auction professionals across the country with one goal in mind: to raise money for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The National Auctioneers Association adopted St. Jude as its philanthropic partner in 1995 and since that time has raised over $5 million for the lifesaving work of the hospital. The Annual NAA/St. Jude Toy Auction is Auction for Hope’s hallmark program. Each November, reigning International Auctioneer Champions and NAA President travel to Memphis to host an auction for the children of St. Jude. Patients and siblings are invited to attend the event, learn to bid call through a series of chants and tongue twisters, “bid” on items using paddles and take home a free toy.
A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners. Nominations will open in January for 2019 recognition.