Power Engineers donate $ 30,000 to The Hunger Coalition |  Community

Power Engineers donate $ 30,000 to The Hunger Coalition | Community

By TONY TEKARONIAKE EVANS

The Hunger Coalition, a nonprofit organization in Blaine County, received a $ 30,000 donation this holiday season from Hailey-based Power Engineers, Inc.

The gift came after a decision by business leaders to forgo its annual “Burnout” party for employees and their families in favor of giving a charitable gift.

“Since we do not want to sit together for one meal, we will provide meals for others,” said Power Engineers President and CEO Jim Haynes. “It’s a silver line, to be able to turn a disappointment into something good for our community.”

Power Engineers typically hold large corporate gatherings each winter to celebrate the anniversary of how the company’s first employees, their families and the community came together to help restart the company after a catastrophic office fire in 1977 – hence the party’s name. The power outage is another corporate party that typically takes place every summer.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the parties were canceled this year and the Power management decided that the best use of this budget would be to give back,” the company said in a press release.

The Hunger Coalition, which supports those facing food insecurity in Blaine County, will receive funding this month.

“We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Power Engineers,” said Krista Felton, development manager for The Hunger Coalition. “This generous gift comes at a critical time when locals are experiencing food insecurity at a historic pace. We believe that community is the only force strong enough to overcome hunger, and through partnerships like these, we hope that ours can eradicate hunger forever. “

Power Engineers was founded in 1976 and is based in Hailey. The company plans to donate about $ 500,000 this year to food banks and other organizations across the United States and Canada, each in one of the more than 55 communities where its employees live and work.

“This is the company’s largest philanthropic effort to date, though it is far from the only one,” Power Engineers said in a statement. “The company regularly donates thousands of dollars a year to STEAM training through its foundation. The Power Foundation also donated more than $ 150,000 by 2020 to 45 schools. [around North America] to address pandemic-related needs such as distance learning equipment and mental health support for students. “

Felton said the Hunger Coalition donation will help support a “bold approach” to tackling hunger, “one in which dollars are invested in good, fresh farm food to build health, social connectivity to build strength and activism to rebuild. the system that continues to cause hunger to begin with. “

Power Engineers is an engineering and environmental consulting firm specializing in integrated solutions for customers in power supply, power generation, food and beverage, government, renewable energy and storage, campus energy and the oil and gas industry. It is an employee-owned company with 45 offices and more than 3,000 employees throughout North America.

The Hunger Coalition is based in Bellevue, with gardens in downtown Hailey and on Quigley Farm. For more information go to www.thehungercoalition.org.

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