One year ago, tornadoes devastated parts of Alabama, including the homes of many of our customers and employees. Alagasco employees wanted to find some way to help the victims in a meaningful way…but there was no official program in place for employees to lend a hand.
Enter Energen Helping Hands. Energen Helping Hands is a program set up by Alagasco and Energen Resources employees to offer assistance in times of crises. Working with Hands on Birmingham, Energen Helping Hands allows employee volunteers within the companies to sign up on a master list, which can be accessed anytime Hands on Birmingham has a volunteer opportunity. People from the list are contacted and can organize a way to help, be it through volunteering time and services or donating money and other goods.
Jennifer White, the Chair of the ELA (Energen Leadership Association) Community Service Committee, has high hopes for the group. “We originally opened the opportunity up to the leadership team but quickly saw a larger group of employees wanting to participate, so we sent out an email to the entire company explaining the opportunity. Today, we have more than 80 employees signed up and willing to assist on a moments’ notice.”
Energen Helping Hands is not only dedicated to tornado relief. The volunteers have given time and supported various charitable organizations. Most recently, Alagasco employees volunteered at the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Birmingham. Jennifer hopes events like these can continue to be a part of the work that Energen Helping Hands does in and around the state of Alabama.
“Not only is this program amazing because it allows us to give back to the community, but it also provides an opportunity to work with fellow employees you don’t see on a regular basis and operate as a team to accomplish a goal,” says Jennifer. “I am excited to plan more events and see what we can accomplish.”
Check out some photos from the “Turning Tragedy into Triumph” relief effort cleanup day, which focused on the Roebuck/Center Point area that suffered damage during the January 23rd tornado outbreak.