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HABITAT HOMES Page 6
Meet Our New Foundation President Page 2
APSO Chapter Reports Pages 3-4
Trials Into Triumphs Page 5
Foundation President Hudson to Work Closely With APSO
s he rises each morning or goes to sleep at night, one thought is prominent in John Hudson’s mind: how to protect, preserve and promote the image and reputation of Alabama Power. As the company’s vice president of Public Relations for three years, he said, “That’s what I think about.” On July 1, Hudson was charged by Alabama Power’s board of directors to also serve as president of the Alabama Power Foundation and as executive director of the Alabama Business Charitable Trust. In these roles, Hudson is tasked with ensuring one of the state’s largest foundation continues its good work of improving the lives of people in the communities Alabama Power serves. “As the state does better, so do all businesses and communities,” Hudson said. “Our focus is to continue to do the good work that’s been there since the foundation’s inception in 1989.” Hudson wants to best leverage that work with the activities of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) and the Energizers retiree group, whose focus aligns with the company’s objective of employees being 100% Connected to the communities. “My job is to make sure all the pieces fit together so our customers and communities in Alabama benefit,” he said. “Charitable Giving is more than just the foundation – it encompasses what we do, but also what the company gives. We have to look at all those things and make sure we’re focused and connected to our customers.” Hudson said APSO is vital to the company and to the communities it serves. “I can’t stress strongly enough how important our APSO members are,” he said. “One of our philosophies the past two years has been to be 100% Connected. No one is more connected to
APSO President’s Message
elcome to the summer edition! I hope you are having the best year ever serving in your APSO chapter. I’ve visited several chapters this year, and hope to visit the remaining chapters before the end of the year. It has been awesome to see APSO members in action this year! Everyone is extremely busy fundraising and doing projects that color our communities with service. All of you are such hardworking
John Hudson their communities than APSO members are – they demonstrate that connection each day and help us achieve our mission.” Hudson will work closely with members of APSO and Energizers. “Ultimately, APSO and Energizers are about the circle of life for our company: to keep customers at the center of what we do,” he said. Hudson’s focus will be on continuing those good relationships and looking for ways to enhance them. APSO chapters must have the autonomy to decide what is important to their communities, he said. While the foundation will continue to provide resources to get that important work done, APSO members know
individuals and are doing whatever it takes to help others around you. This is what makes APSO … APSOlutely You! I’d like to congratulate Leigh Perry on her new position as Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Operations and Southern Nuclear Company. We appreciate all the support Leigh and Charitable Giving gave us. I welcome John Hudson as he steps into the role of president of the Alabama Power Foundation. I know John will give us the support we need to carry out the great things APSO members do each and every day. We are seven months into the year already, and are making good things happen in our communities. There’s been lots of fundraising and projects going on, and more great events are
their communities and what they need, Hudson added. “If APSO has a project in which they’re helping some communities, we have the resources to help them get publicity, help them brand that event and make it successful the next year,” Hudson said. “It’s all about branding, and we’re able to provide that, perhaps in ways that haven’t been done in awhile. “We’ve got to tell our story,” he said. “When the Alabama Power Foundation gives money to an organization, certainly the people who get the check know. But if the community doesn’t know, we’re not telling our story effectively. I want to empower APSO members to do more, and help them tell our foundation story, our Charitable Giving story and our APSO story, to make sure people know and understand about all the good they bring to our communities.” Hudson said APSO members are in the “right place, at the right time” to help their communities. “It’s part of our employees’ DNA to do good things,” he said. “The employees who know the pressing issues in our state are those employees who are out in the divisions, touching our customers. That’s where I’ll get ideas about things to touch our state in a meaningful way.” A Birmingham native and devoted family man, Hudson and his wife, Nyya, have a 9-yearold daughter, Jordyn. He is excited about the opportunity to work with the foundation and its employees. “Our company has the infrastructure in place to do great things in the state of Alabama,” he said. “I feel fortunate to be able to assist and help formulate a strategy to improve the lives of Alabamians.”
scheduled for the next five months. You are doing whatever it takes to get funds raised to complete the projects you want to get accomplished. Our chapters work diligently throughout the year to increase membership, urging every employee to become an APSO member. As of June 30, we have approximately 5,000 members and have served more than 22,000 volunteer hours. Thanks to each of you for being a part of 2012 APSO. I hope each of you is having fun doing what you do. Enjoy your summer, and let’s make it the best year ever!
2012 APSO state president
Barry Chapter Raises $11,000 for Charities
grout work, how to install sheetrock, make and wire a lamp from PVC pipe, weld metal and use computer-aided drafting. As a result of skills she learned at Girls Can Camp, 10th-grader Amiee Aultman wants to study at Shelby County School of Technology this fall. “Women like this are paving the way for me,” Aultman said. “Doing the welding was amazing, and afterward, my dad told me, ‘You can be a welder.’”
“Show honor to whom honor is due.” That belief was the driving spirit behind Barry APSO Chapter’s third annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The May 25 event at Bushy Creek Clays in Perdido was renamed this year as the Michael Perkins Memorial Clay Shoot, in honor of the son of Alabama Power retiree and Barry APSO member Buddy Perkins. Michael Perkins passed away at 27 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis. “We had about 30 members who came out to help with the clay shoot, which raised $6,000,” Barry APSO President Stacy Simmons said. “Many of us knew Michael from his help with APSO events, so this meant a lot to us.” On April 27, Barry APSO Chapter enjoyed great success with the annual Bass Tournament at Lower Bryant Landing Barry APSO members gave on the Tensaw River. 252 volunteer hours in raising The tourney drew 55 $6,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis boats, earning $5,000 for the Mulherin Custodial Home in Mobile. Lisa Palmer Foundation. was project coordinator, with assistance from Mitch Glass, Rene Harrison, Chuck Smith, Skipper Smith and Johney Weaver. Mulherin Custodial Home provides care for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Making Cancer Disappear is Gorgas’ Goal
Over the years, Plant Gorgas has lost several employees to cancer, as well as had many who survived their fight with the disease, Julia Hester said. “Making Cancer Disappear” was the impetus behind employees’ support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, enabling Gorgas APSO to raise $7,000 for ACS, which was $1,500 more than last year’s gift, Hester said. But there was no magic behind members’ generous gift of 532 service hours, she said – just lots of hard work. “Employees had such passion for this cause, they walked in Relay for Life from 7 at night to 7 a.m.,” the Gorgas scheduler said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our teams. We were there for the long haul, at the end of the night.” At 2 a.m., more than 20 members were still at the Walker County High School track, some pushing the baby strollers of their sleeping children. While all walkers received hamburgers compliments of Gorgas With true dedication, APSO, the employees Gorgas Chapter members set up a vending booth to sell tacos, drinks walked until 2 a.m. in a and glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Joey Phifer Relay for Life. made and sold fried Oreos, which were a hit among walkers, young and old, Hester said. Artist Jeff Farr, owner of Far Out Art, donated several paintings featuring cancer ribbons, personalizing artwork on-site. Hester said the team sold bricks in honor of loved ones who fought cancer. The memorial wall, which resembles Harry Potter’s magical castle, is at Plant Gorgas. APSO member Rachel Simmons, wife of Smith Hydro Manager Len Simmons, is chairing Walker County’s 2012 ACS campaign. Gorgas APSO’s gift was among the campaign’s largest, winning first place for fundraising and creativity.
Eastern Enjoys Fishing Tournament Success
Eastern Division APSO Chapter’s second annual fishing tournament on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden was a huge success. The May 19 event drew 36 teams and provided $13,000 for Thirteenth Place, a shelter for teens in crisis situations, Charlie Galliher said. APSO presented the gift to Thirteenth Place afterwards. Thirteenth Place Director Kim Eastern Division Chapter’s Payne said, “The APSO fishing $13,000 gift to Thirteenth Place tournament is a huge boost for the came “in the nick of time,” said shelter at a critical time.” Like many shelter Director Kim Payne. nonprofit groups, Thirteenth Place struggles to meet the needs within its community. The mission of Thirteenth Place, Payne said, is to provide comprehensive services in a home atmosphere, and to teach life skills that will enable youths to grow up safely and to become productive citizens. Kiyunda Smoot, Eastern Division Chapter president, said, “We were so pleased to be able to raise $3,000 more this year for Thirteenth Place. I think it shows we have people who really care about the well-being of others – their heart is in the right place. APSO is truly 100% Connected.”
Goin’ Fishin’ is Magical for Special Students
Special-needs students got a helping hand May 10-11 from Magic City APSO members at the Gone Fishin’, Not Just Wishin’ Exceptional Anglers event. About 250 students ages 5 to 21 from Shelby and Jefferson County schools fished at Oak Mountain State Park. APSO members showed children how to bait their fishing lines and properly use life jackets.
Gaston Shows Girls They Can do Anything
Girls enjoyed making a lamp from PVC, with oversight by Gaston Chapter members.
Coaching girls about the value of technical careers – and the fact they can pursue them – is critical, said Plant Gaston Employee Development Coordinator Wanda Sherbert. That was the message behind the work of 14 Gaston APSO members – mechanics, Electrical and Instrumentation journeymen, welders and administrative specialists – who helped at the Girls Can Camp in Columbiana on June 7. The 13 teenage girls learned basic tile and
Miller’s ‘Time to Shine’
Volunteers happily gave 140 hours for the Goin’ Fishin’ event at Oak Mountain.
The past few months were busy for Miller APSO members, who gave 2,331 volunteer hours to numerous projects, Chapter President Danny Baker said. Starting in April, employees gave both time and money to Run for the Reason, working 444 volunteer hours April 28-30 and donating $2,500 to the American Cancer Society. Nine Miller Chapter members and one Gorgas Chapter member worked 72 volunteer hours to benefit United Cerebral Palsy’s Hurrah for May Day. Baker said UCP requested help in setting up the event. Members took tickets, cooked hamburgers and funnel cakes, and fried Oreos using Gorgas’ cooking trailer. Christmas is almost half a year away, but Miller Chapter members’ efforts now mean that many needy children in Walker and Jefferson counties will enjoy
cheerier holidays. Miller’s major community effort for the Adopt-A-Child program got a financial boost through the Charles Frost Memorial Bass Tournament on May 12, with employees working 175 volunteer hours and raising $1,200. Members renamed the tourney this year to honor Frost, a member of Miller’s board who passed away. “Charles was so involved with everything at Miller,” Baker said. “He always took charge of the bass tournament.” The joint event with the Gorgas Chapter was held on the Warrior River. Miller Chapter’s annual Open Golf Tournament to benefit Adopt-A-Child was held at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Course on June 15, with employees working 679 volunteer hours and raising $18,775.
Because of her passion for children with special challenges, Terry led the Western Division Chapter to adopt the Rise School as one of its projects when the chapter was formed in 1992. Since then, Western Division APSO members have volunteered countless hours and raised thousands of dollars for the school.
Special Olympians get a Hand From Southeast/Farley Chapter
A cheer and a handclap make all the difference in the world, the many participants in the Special Olympics in Enterprise will testify. Sixteen APSO volunteers cheered on handicapped athletes as they jumped, threw the shot and softballs and ran in a variety of events. For these athletes, Rolanda Jones said, it was a time of fun: Special Olympians enjoyed meeting other athletes and people. Jones, customer service representative at the Enterprise Office, said the chance to support the athletes made her feel like a star. Southeast/Farley APSO members worked 70 volunteer hours at the Coffee-Dale Special Olympics at Enterprise State Community College. “We cheered on handicapped youth in the wheelchair races,” Jones said. “It was amazing to watch, and it overjoyed me to do it with them.” Michelle Anderson, who has chaired the project for several years, said, “This project is my baby. I get excited every year when it’s time for the event, and I loved the fact we had more volunteers this year. The look of joy on the faces of the participants makes every minute worth it.” Anderson is a customer service representative in the Daleville Office. Students were from the Merle Wallace Purvis Center, Vivian B. Adams School, Enterprise City Schools, Coffee County schools and the Coffee County Training Center. Several enterprising Southeast/Farley members worked June 14-16 at the Bama Jam music extravaganza to fund Mary Sue Cain (far projects. Braving 60-mph right) chaired the Bama winds, 28 APSO members worked 133 Jam project to help fill volunteer hours throughout the weekend, Southeast/Farley coffers. project chairwoman Mary Sue Cain said. “Bama Jam offered nonprofit groups the opportunity to volunteer and earn money,” Cain said. “It was fun working at the ticket booth. We earned $1,100, which will give us money to work with when we want to fund a project.” She said the chapter wants to contribute to Christian Mission Center’s new facility for abuse victims, which is near completion in Enterprise.
Mobile Chapter’s Giving Brightens Lives
It’s the little things you miss when you’re a world away from home. Salt and pepper, or hot running water – these “distinct things” are in high demand by U.S. troops in the Middle East, said APSO State Board member Palmer Gatlin. In July, as part of a Mobile Division APSO project, Gatlin mailed two 15-pound boxes of goodies from employees to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Sean Allen, assistant fire chief at Shindand Air Base, the second-largest airfield in Afghanistan. Sean Allen gave a list of needs to his brother, Ryan Allen, a lineman at Schillingers Road Crew Headquarters in Mobile Division. For the past six years, employees Jackson Business Office Manager Willie Wheeler’s (right) employees sent have sent packages to U.S. Army gifts to U.S. troops. troops, Gatlin said. This time, gifts included beef jerky, tuna, chips, hunting and off-road magazines, hard candy and baby wipes. “We take things for granted here, and the troops are going through it for us over there,” said Gatlin, who received $250 from Mobile Division employees that purchased more supplies that were mailed later.
Western Members ‘Rise’ to Occasion
Western Division APSO members have a 20-year legacy. Their promise to help children affected by Down syndrome and other disabilities continues: This spring, APSO members’ volunteerism and support was integral to raising $308,700 for Rise School in Tuscaloosa. Some 37 APSO volunteers worked to make a success of the annual golf tournament on April 19-20. Teri Terry, who has helped with the tourney each year, said 392 golfers played, representing 54 companies. “This year, we were joined by University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, artist Daniel Moore, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, U.S. Open winner Jerry Pate and many others. It takes a small army to have a twoday tournament with two flights each Twenty years ago, Teri Terry day,” said Terry, who knows firsthand the (center) led Western Division excellent work done by Rise. Three weeks Chapter to adopt Rise School as a project. after her son Ian was born, Terry enrolled him in the early-intervention program at Rise, for children from birth to age 5. Terry has continued as an advocate and spokeswoman on behalf of the school and children with disabilities. Today, Ian works full time at Rise School as a staff assistant and ambassador.
Camp Ryne Hosts Needy Children With Help From Southern Division For many kids, summertime is for enjoying days swimming and frolicking in the lake. “Some underprivileged children don’t always get that chance,” said Michelle Mann. That led Southern Division APSO members to hold a book fair and a car wash, and to cook and serve food at two luncheons that netted about $4,550 – all to help send children to Camp Ryne near Wetumpka. Created in memory of Ryne Odom, who was training to be part of a Navy special warfare program and drowned in June 2010, Camp Ryne provides three days of swimming instruction and the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Mann said APSO members enjoyed the activities. “We cooked food and made desserts, and people donated hamburgers and hot dogs that we made. It was a lot of hard work, but it was fun. It meant a lot knowing that some kids have never been to the lake, and this meant they could join other kids swimming at Lake Jordan.” With gifts from Southern Division APSO and others, Camp Ryne hosted 98 underprivileged children this summer. The cost for each child is $125. “All the children had a blast, as always,” Odom’s mother wrote on Facebook, thanking everyone who donated and helped throughout the year.
Turning Trials Into Triumphs is APSO’s Talent Faith, Family and Friends Bring Healing
he words “we need to do more” have spurred many worthy projects by members of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO). Such was the case when Gaston APSO members learned “one of their own” was affected by blood cancer. In March, Clint Cleckler, 25-year-old son of Gaston Operations Specialist Barry Cleckler, became fatigued during a hike in the north Georgia mountains. Checking Clint’s pulse, his friends found it was racing at 160. Clint, an oncology nurse at UAB Hospital, later saw a doctor. A blood test brought a diagnosis of acute lymphocytic leukemia. “My wife Bev and I were so upset,” Barry Cleckler said. “We learned Clint must have a bone marrow transplant, and no one in our family is a match.” The transplant is needed to replace Clint’s unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy ones. As Gaston employees heard the news, offers to help poured in. Cleckler’s co-workers held a fundraising drive at the plant gates, and sold “Courage for Clint” T-shirts to help ease the family’s financial burden. “But, we needed to do more,” said Wanda Sherbert, APSO member and Gaston Employee Training coordinator. “It’s not enough to just give monetarily – we want to give of ourselves.” On June 6, the Gaston APSO Chapter sponsored the Be The Match Marrow Donor Drive, adding 72 potential donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry. “All that’s required is a mouth swab and an informational profile,” Cleckler said. Later, Be The Match, which conducts extensive genetic tests to ensure the best match for patients, found a donor for Clint. “We know Clint’s donor is a 30-year-old woman, a mom with two kids,” Barry Cleckler said. “We were thrilled a donor was found, because this gives the best shot at longevity for someone with blood cancer.” After months of grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Clint had the transplant July 9 at UAB Hospital. Thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the registry. Be The Match makes transplants possible for patients of every ethnicity. “We want to encourage other Alabama Power generating plants and employees to get involved, not just for Clint but for the thousands of patients who need a match every day,” Sherbert said. The Clecklers thanked everyone who registered at Gaston’s donor drive. They hold high hopes for Clint’s full recovery. “The bone marrow drive is so important because thousands of people in the U.S. need a donor,” Cleckler said. “We can’t say thank you enough for APSO’s support, for the well wishes and, most of all, for the prayers.”
Children’s Hospital patients were treated to the“Chicken Dance” by IT Vice President Kenneth Coleman (right) and the IT Management Team. Magic City APSO gave 437 volunteer hours.
Gaston APSO Chapter held a bone marrow registry drive in honor of Clint Cleckler. Clint Cleckler said, “My sense of life has beenrekindled beyond belief. Everything I do now has and will have so much meaning to me. I have been involved in this fight for four months and have much longer to go, but it seems much shorter because of faith, family and friends.”
Extravaganza of Fun With support from Magic City APSO Chapter, more than 260 young patients at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and their families enjoyed a brief holiday from illness. Since 2008, employees in Operations Information Technology have held a day of fun activities for patients at Children’s Hospital. In 2011 and again in 2012, company teams “got a big boost” from APSO, event coordinator Mike Perry said. An event that began with a few activities grew into this year’s fiveday Playtime Extravaganza. “This is an event APSO looks forward to every year,” said APSO Associate Director Tan Grayson. “APSO helped us manage the funding for the Children’s Hospital Playtime Extravaganza, not only through a gift, but they also helped take it from an unstructured to a more structured event,” said Perry, IT computer systems analyst. On June 12, youngsters enjoyed Glamour Bear day, creating a teddy bear and designing a T-shirt for their new furry friend. Each child’s picture was taken and presented to their parents as a keepsake. The next day, Matt Wilson, a computer systems analyst in Operations IT, performed a magic show. For the June 14 Playtime Extravaganza Carnival, employees designed and built booths for games for the children to win prizes. “It was a huge hit,” Perry said. “In one event, our IT management team represented children with cystic fibrosis in a round of musical chairs to the Chicken Dance. The kids loved it.” For the big finale on June 15, mascots for five sports teams held a “meet and greet” with patients. The event has a huge impact on the children and their families, Perry said. “When you’re healthy and your kids are healthy, it’s easy to take things for granted,” Perry said. “One dad told me after the magic show, ‘The real magic is we’re getting to go home today, after being here six weeks.’ It really puts things in perspective when you see what some children and their families struggle through on a daily basis.” 5
Special Needs Spearhead New Project For Magic City APSO’s Angel Pounds, the pneumonia diagnosis received by her infant daughter became an opportunity to give back to other sick babies. About eight months after that frightening scare, Pounds, with the help of hundreds of employees, presented a $1,500 APSO gift of learning toys to Children’s Hospital. Thanks to Pounds’ “Live, Laugh and Learn Lots” project, children can enjoy toys and learn while they are in the hospital. Pounds’ journey began when her then-five-monthold, Quinn, contracted a respiratory virus at day care. At 11 months, Quinn endured a frightening bout of pneumonia. Just when Pounds thought Quinn was getting better, her baby got pneumonia again four months later. “The doctor said she needed to be tested for cystic fibrosis. I felt like, ‘Why me?’ It was hard.” Her fears ran wild. “We had the test for CF at Children’s Hospital, and she was fine,”’ said Pounds, general clerk at the Metro South Office in Pelham. “I was so relieved. But I saw kids who were worse off, and saw a family who my husband said must have had a baby that died.” Her family’s brush with illness made Pounds feel empathy for others with sick children. “I thought, ‘Maybe we’re here for a greater reason, because Quinn is fine’,” Pounds said. “I felt there was something I was supposed to do.” Therein was the birth of Pounds’ idea for Live, Laugh and Learn Lots. Looking for a way to help, she contacted Children’s Hospital and was put in touch with Child Life Supervisor Jennifer Deneke, who said any gift would help.
Nichole Isbell (left), Child Life assistant - Children’s Hospital, accepted learning toys from Magic City APSO’s Angel Pounds and Kristen Hope. Pounds and many Birmingham Division employees began fundraising. Metro South Office employees had a bake sale. Pounds sold homemade treats at Quinn’s former day care. In April, employees enjoyed “Blue Jean Friday” for a $5 contribution, and held a grilled hot dog and homemade ice cream fundraiser. When Pounds shopped for toys, co-workers gave her another $90, which supplied batteries. Pounds said the past year has been life-changing. “You never know why things happen,” she said. “My biggest thing with God is I worry so much, I needed to learn to trust. My daughter has not been sick one time since I got involved in helping Children’s Hospital. Once I got my eyes off myself and on the needs of other people, things changed.”
By Donna Cope
wo families are living their dream this summer, thanks to hardworking APSO members and other volunteers. Western Division APSO members were among employees who worked two days to complete a Habitat for Humanity home for a family that lost their previous home to a devastating tornado that ripped through Coaling on April 11. Homeowner Robert Johnson said, “I’ll never forget the roaring winds, and debris and dirt flying into our storm shelter.” When the winds subsided, the Johnsons emerged to find their home a pile of rubble, their vehicles mangled. Robert and Amanda Johnson have six children. The youngest, Anthony, has DiGeorge syndrome. The disorder causes problems ranging from heart defects to behavioral disorders. “Losing our home was extremely hard for the whole family, but especially for Anthony, who needs familiar surroundings to feel safe and secure,” Robert Johnson said. Thirty-two Western Division employees built the Johnson’s front porch, painted, roofed and completed tasks to help the family’s new home become a reality. “Brandon Kasteler of Habitat and several of his co-workers were constantly asking when Alabama Power would have our workday,” said former APSO state president and Market Specialist Paige Lake. “So, after hearing that some of our Western Division employees wanted to volunteer on a home, I quickly rounded them up. With the help of Demopolis Operations Manager Wray Anderson, we set a date. Western Division APSO members stepped up to help us out, along with some of our hard-working union members.” “Our workday was filled with many different assignments,” Lake said. “At the end of the day, even though we were worn out, it felt so good to volunteer for such a worthwhile group. Our folks not only helped Habitat, but also made a positive impact on the Johnsons.”
Magic City APSO members worked on this Habitat for Humanity home in Center Point. bolts” of building. “I was there to answer questions and, if people didn’t know how to do a task, I could show them and get them started,” said Sanderson, APSO’s Habitat house leader and line construction specialist in PD Contract Services. “I could also jump in and help if needed, whether that means cutting and snapping together siding, taping windows or laying studs.” Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing for low-income families. The Gorgas and Miller APSO chapters were among 17 sponsors that provided in-kind donations such as meals or materials. Brandi Johnson was among the 120 volunteers who helped. “When I heard that APSO was sponsoring this project, I definitely wanted to help,” said Johnson, market specialist, Economic Evaluation. “It has been great to see so many people come out here and use their skills and knowledge for a family they have never met.” Howard received the keys to her home from Alisa Summerville, Charitable Giving director for the Alabama Power Foundation. Howard also received a Bible and a symbolic hammer – mementos that will remind her of the volunteers who “clinched” her dream of home ownership. “I want to thank Alabama Power for making this happen for me,” said Howard, who shares the home with her ninth-grader, DeAntwion. “This is a new beginning for me and my son. It’s truly a blessing.”
Families Come Home to New Dreams With APSO’s Help
On May 14-18, Magic City Chapter volunteers built their 21st Habitat for Humanity home from the ground up to completion. “At one point, we had our volunteers, as well as roofing, HVAC, plumbing and electrical subcontractors, all working together in the house,” said Adam Swafford, APSO member and engineer at Trussville Crew Headquarters. Project chairman Swafford led volunteers in building an “EarthCents” Habitat for Humanity house near Center Point. The three-bedroom, twobath home is packed with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features that make it cleaner, healthier and more affordable for homeowner Michelle Howard. Magic City APSO’s Troy Sanderson was the “go-to” man on-site. Working on seven Habitat houses through the years, Sanderson knows the “nuts and
These workers were among 120 APSO members who volunteered from May 14-18.
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