Shout Out for Social Justice

July 22, 2022

The results are in! OneEnergy has named five recipients for its corporate giving program for the first half of 2022. The selected non-profit organizations are: Native Renewables, Voces de la Frontera Madison, Centro Hispano, Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, and Got Green.

OneEnergy’s corporate giving requires not-for-profit status and considers “impact efforts” including whether the donation supports racial and economic equity and whether it directly supports marginalized and BIPOC communities. Candidates receive additional consideration if they are located near a OneEnergy solar project or near one of our Regional Offices.

A unique part of our evaluation process includes finding hyper-local organizations that advocate for communities of color and other marginalized communities. The five selected organizations have received a financial contribution to advance their missions. These are the recipients selected by OneEnergy’s team:

  1. Native Renewables in Flagstaff, Arizona provides off-grid power systems to homes on the Navajo reservation and Hopi reservation. Additionally, they provide solar education and workforce training to educate tribal members about renewable energy and electricity basics.
  2. Voces de la Frontera based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the state’s leading immigrant rights organization and has been organizing and empowering immigrant workers and families for over 20 years.
  3. Centro Hispano in Madison, Wisconsin serves Latinos in the region through youth programs, family support services, employment assistance, and community health programs such as cooking and fitness classes.
  4. Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development in Madison, Wisconsin cultivates character, leadership, and economic development for the African-American community through culturally grounded programs.
  5. Got Green in Seattle, Washington organizes workshops, food drives, and youth leadership programs to bring the green economy to working class communities.

OneEnergy's Corporate Giving Plan is a multi-faceted program that includes equipment donation and volunteerism in addition to monetary contributions. Employees receive four paid hours per month to volunteer without having to utilize paid time off benefits. According to OER's Corporate Giving Mission Statement, “OneEnergy gives, because we aim to be the change we wish to see in the world and recognize that responsible, anti-racist donating that redistributes wealth to underserved, disadvantaged, and/or minority communities is an essential element of effecting systemic change.” OneEnergy will continue to develop its charitable vision to support community organizations who are fighting for a just and equitable existence. 

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