Daily Point of Light # 2041 Nov 29, 2001

The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is an independent agency of the city of Knoxville. Its primary mission is to provide the most reliable and least costly utility services possible to its customers.

Beyond that mission, the approximately 1,000 employees at KUB are a caring and community-minded group of individuals who consistently seek various volunteer opportunitites within their community.

As a corporation, KUB spares no effort to support and encourage employee participation in these volunteer efforts. In response, KUB’s employees are committed to giving generously of their time, money, resources, and enthusiasm.

Examples of KUB employee volunteerism include participation in Project Help (a home-heating program to help the poor and elderly in paying their utility bills); educational support initiatives that include partnering with Austin-East and West High schools for TeenWork and Adopt-a-School programs; Habitat for Humanity (building homes for low-income families); support of the Salvation Army (employees purchase approximately 800 gifts annually for the Angel Tree program, which fulfills the holiday wishes of needy children) as well as serving as Bell Ringers at local malls; annual canned food drives which benefit The Love Kitchen; participation in the annual Christmas and Dogwood Arts Festival parades; Medic Blood drives; and walk-a-thons to raise money for the March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes, HeartWalk, etc.

In addition, KUB employees are environmentally conscious. KUB employees routinely remove tons of debris from parks, roadsides, and riverfronts as part of events like the Great American Cleanup, River Rescue, or Adopt-a-Highway. KUB itself promotes such environmental concern by offering customers innovative Green Power options that use renewable energy, like solar and wind power, to produce electricity.

Those are just a few of the community activities in which KUB employees participate each year – on their own initiative and for the betterment of the community they serve.