Idaho Power Joins Community Efforts to Make Holidays Bright

Idaho Power’s strong connection to the communities where our employees live and work spans more than 100 years. They are proud to give time, talent and financial support to improve the lives of neighbors all year long, and especially during the holidays.

Here are a few of the ways Idaho Power employees and their families are contributing this holiday season.

Employee Community Funds
Idaho Power employees have been helping our communities for more than 50 years by contributing to charitable organizations and assisting others through the Employee Community Funds (ECF).

In Pocatello, ECF members and a dozen local junior high leadership students from School District 25 bought Christmas presents for 16 children in foster care, a family of four in Blackfoot and two families in the American Falls area.

“It was awesome to see the students make tough decisions with staying in budget, deciding the difference between a ‘want’ and a ‘need’ and give them the opportunity to help someone less fortunate than themselves,” said Idaho Power’s Regional Coordinator Aleasha Murphy. “We are so grateful employees in our region give to the ECF to make this event possible every year!”

With the assistance of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, members of the ECF representing Ada and Elmore counties provided holiday gifts for 75 children and cash to help 10 children in Idaho City and 10 children in Horseshoe Bend. The ECF also bought and wrapped gifts for seven Monroe Elementary School families with 21 children in Boise. Monroe is a partner in education with Idaho Power employees. And the ECF contributed $1,000 to provide gifts for children in Grand View and Mountain Home.

7Cares Idaho Shares
More than 20 Idaho Power employees, their friends and families collected donations and groceries at Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores in Boise and Meridian for 7Cares Idaho Shares Day Dec. 14. Several employees also participated in the 7Cares phone bank to collect financial contributions.

This event is one of the largest charitable fundraisers in our communities, supporting nonprofit organizations including The Idaho Foodbank, Salvation Army and Boise Rescue Mission.
A check for $5,000 was presented by Idaho Power’s Education and Outreach Energy Advisor Danielle Ready at Albertsons Stadium on behalf of the company.

The Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Twenty-four people, including four retirees, rang the bell at The Salvation Army’s collection kettle at the Fred Meyer store on Franklin Road at Orchard Street in Boise, during two-hour shifts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday last week (Dec. 11–13).

Julie Stutts
Communications Specialist