Edison International’s family of companies develops, acquires, finances, owns, operates and maintains reliable and efficient power systems around the world. Although the company has had a volunteer program in place for over a decade, recent changes were made to make the program more enticing, appealing and user-friendly. The new program is called Energy in Action.
Energy in Action was launched worldwide in March 2003. Employees in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Canada received a volunteer starter kit containing a letter from the CEO, a brochure detailing the new program, a Volunteer Rewards card listing incentives, a user guide for the online tracking system and an Energy in Action t-shirt branded with their own company signature.
Edison International employee volunteers plan, organize and staff team volunteer projects, called Follow Your Heart events, throughout the year. Follow Your Heart ideas are conceived by employees themselves and benefit nonprofit organizations that they choose to “adopt.” Last year, 65 different Follow Your Heart projects took place, which totaled 259,000 hours of volunteer service.
Edison International’s heritage is based on its three core values: integrity in dealings, excellence in service, and respect for all we serve and with whom we work. As one of the company’s cornerstone values, Edison demonstrates respect for communities by supporting volunteerism that benefits children, education, the disadvantaged, the environment and disaster relief.
Edison has partnered with the Anaheim Angels baseball organization to hold food drives and collections of school supplies at the gates of Edison International Field. Energy in Action volunteers man collection drop-off sites at every Tuesday night home game during the baseball season. Volunteers have collected 12 tons of food and pallets of school supplies for America’s Second Harvet and low-income, Title I schools in Orange County, Calif.
Edison also partners with VolunteerMatch, a web-based volunteer referral service. VolunteerMatch has created a customized site interfaced with the company intranet to ensure that employees anywhere in the world can find a way to make a difference in their local community.