S&C constantly strives to build strong relationships within its surrounding communities. With S&C’s headquarters being in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood just south of Evanston, Illinois, much of the community activity for S&C and its team members is focused on that region.
Following its guiding principle of responsible stewardship, S&C hosted its first Rogers Park Community Fair, where 12 area organizations shared both short- and long-term opportunities with S&C team members. Sponsored by S&C’s New Professionals Group, the event enabled S&C team members to discover volunteering and board member participation opportunities with about a dozen local organizations.
S&C also participated in Evanston Township High School’s first-ever “Career Options Night: Multiple Pathways to Success.” The event, open to current and former students and parents, was designed for those interested in professional careers that do not require a four-year college degree. During the event, S&C team members working the S&C information table fielded questions from a steady stream of interested students, who learned ways in which S&C could provide them a place to start a career.
S&C’s annual Giving Campaign brought in a company-record $183,000 in U.S. team-member contributions. Through its donor-advised fund, S&C matched $1.50 for each dollar S&C team members donated, raising the campaign total to $457,000. The funds were split among three charitable organizations: Misericordia, United Way, and Community Health Charities, allowing them to continue their missions and make a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work.
Each year, the S&C Electric Company Fund provides more than $1 million in total grants to 12 arts and culture organizations, 20 institutions that address basic human needs, eight community-development organizations, 20 education entities, and six health organizations.
The S&C Electric Company Fund has supported IEEE Chicago’s Science Kits for Public Libraries (SKPL) program since its very beginning. The SKPL program provides children the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math—STEM for short—in their own homes, with fun, hands-on activities in kits they can check out at more than 20 local public libraries in the Chicago area. In 2018, 12 of the backpack kits became available for S&C team members in Chicago to check out and to use to spend some quality STEM time with their children. The kits are targeted for children, and they include topics such as Bee-Bot Robotics, Simple Machines, and Magnets, as well as nine others.
S&C launched the planning and funding for a program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, enabling S&C team members to get more deeply involved in the local community. Through the initiative, children meet with 25 S&C volunteer mentors every other week to learn new skills and share mutual passions.
Team Member Initiatives
Besides the annual Giving Campaign, S&C team members also ventured out into the community for a variety of healthy activities. S&C, for example, was well represented at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, with 144 team members, dubbed the S&C Power Pack, participating from across all departments and top leadership.
Another unit of the S&C Power Pack turned out for Chicago’s Bike the Drive, the annual opportunity to ride along Lake Shore Drive with no other traffic allowed. Twenty team members joined in for this, the first year S&C has sponsored registration.
Several S&C team members also joined with ComEd to participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge. The fifth year S&C has supported ComEd in the plunge, the initiative raised $1.5 million for Special Olympics Chicago.
Team members from other S&C locations within and outside the U.S. similarly volunteered and provided valued assistance in their local communities.