May 02, 2018

Volunteerism is a part of Rocky Mountain Power’s culture

By Nigel Swaby

One of the largest employers in our community is Rocky Mountain Power. With over 5,600 employees within the company, many of them work at the headquarters in Salt Lake City. Rocky Mountain Power has 875,000 customers in Utah, the largest amount of any state it serves.

Rocky Mountain Power has a flexible volunteer program and encourages employees to volunteer with nonprofits near where they work and live. The company actually matches employee volunteer time with a monetary contribution based on the hours volunteered.

In 2016-17, 46 employees volunteered 4,614 hours to 28 different nonprofits. Besides the man hours received by the nonprofit, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation donated $30,500 to the charities. That’s a little over $300 per hour donated.

When asked about which nonprofits on the west side of Salt Lake are supported, Alene Bentley, Regional Business Manager for Rocky Mountain Power, provided a long list of neighborhood charities including:

University Neighborhood Partners, Salt Lake NeighborWorks, Guadalupe School, The Road Home, Salt Lake Donated Dental, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Poplar Grove Community Council, Fairpark Community Council, Neighborhood House Association, The INN Between, Art Space, Pete Suazo Business Center, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, and West View Media.

In addition to supporting those organizations financially, RMP employees serve or have served on the boards of directors of University Neighborhood Partners, Salt Lake NeighborWorks, Guadalupe School, The Road Home, and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake. As you can see, RMP supports a variety of organizations with a variety of missions that all serve the communities they operate in.

Bentley is most proud of the company’s support of University Neighborhood Partners, which was spotlighted in the January issue of The West View.

“I had the privilege to serve on the board of directors for two terms in the early years after UNP was formed,” she explained. “Rocky Mountain Power has been the headline sponsor of ‘Partners in the Park’ (https://partners.utah.edu/partners-in-the-park) for many years. It’s been extremely gratifying to watch the organization grow in reach, impact and effectiveness.”