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A Passion for Caring

Dear Friends,

Passion changes people. It revitalizes neighborhoods. It transforms lives.

American Electric Power and the AEP Foundation are putting passion into action, improving the lives of people living in the communities we serve.

My own experience drives my passion to help children with limited resources access STEM education opportunities in middle and high school. My parents instilled in me the need and the desire to pursue a college education as a means to a successful future. An electronics teacher persuaded me to take an electronics course which ultimately led to a degree in electrical engineering and a career in the electric utility industry.

That's why the American Electric Power Foundation established Credits CountSM. The program helps middle school students explore STEM careers, while high school students can earn their diploma and up to 12 college credits or a career-ready certificate in a STEM-related field.

I truly believe that by capturing the curiosity of young minds and providing high school students with a path to college and viable careers in STEM fields we can change their lives and the lives of future generations.

In addition to education, AEP, the Foundation and our operating companies support the work of organizations that help people secure basic needs like food and housing:

  • $50,000 to Holy Angel Residential Facilities in Shreveport, LA, to help people with disabilities find meaningful work in the community.
  • $13,000 to Oklahoma FFA Foundation, Inc. in Stillwater, OK, to promote after-school STEM education for agricultural education and FFA students.
  • $25,000 to Sunshine House, Inc. in Alpine, TX, to support seniors who struggle to buy food.
  • $50,000 to Joshua's Hand, Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN, to help underserved families transition from poverty and homelessness to safe, decent, affordable housing.
  • $25,000 to St. Vincent Family Center in Columbus, OH, to help students facing behavioral health challenges succeed in traditional learning environments.
  • $30,000 to Second Harvest Foodbank of Northern Tennessee for the Food for Kids Back Pack program that provides nutritious weekend meals and snacks for hungry school children.
  • $122,000 to eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Paintsville, KY, to support education and retraining of displaced coal industry workers for new careers in the Advanced Manufacturing industry.

Our people follow their passion by volunteering, raising funds or advocating for local nonprofit organizations.

"Our work team's goal is to assist those in need and be a good corporate citizen to our community in whatever way we possibly can."

-Roxey Fisher, AEP Transmission, Roanoke, VA

"I volunteer because I care. I want to enrich the lives of others and inspire people."

-Erica Crawford, Southwestern Electric Power Company, Shreveport, LA

"Whether volunteering for the arts, hunger or educational non-profits, we are building communities that enrich the lives of others."

-Shawn Parker, AEP, Columbus, Ohio

Their passion along with financial support to nonprofits is helping people build safe homes, access nutritious food or explore arts and culture in our communities.

Nick Akins
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
American Electric Power

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