Public Power Day of Giving: Serving others

July 1, 2024

Public power is defined by a commitment to community and the spirit of public service. To honor this dedication, public power utilities nationwide take part in a Public Power Day of Giving every June.

This year, Heartland Energy continued its tradition of participation by supporting volunteers with the Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity. Working together, Heartland Energy staff planned, prepared and served a meal to the Habitat for Humanity construction crew building a home in Madison, SD.

Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity, part of a global non-profit organization, brings people together to build homes and hope. Habitat for Humanity understands many struggle with affordable housing, frequent moves, and poor living conditions. The organization aims to eliminate substandard housing, help low-income homeowners with repairs, and build affordable homes.

In June, Heartland staff provided a hearty meal to volunteers working on a new home for the Hall family, who broke ground on May 2. This act of service not only nourished the hardworking volunteers but also reinforced the sense of community and collaboration integral to Habitat’s mission.

“Meal providers help fuel the construction of a Habitat home,” said Heartland Chief Communications Officer Ann Hyland. “Dedicated volunteers work hard to build housing, and serving them lunch is a simple yet rewarding way to say thank you and help power them through the rest of their day.”

The Brookings affiliate strives to ensure everyone has a decent place to live. Since 1995, they have built dozens of homes and completed numerous repairs, aiming to construct at least three houses annually despite South Dakota’s short building season. Their recent expansion includes the Oahe Habitat for Humanity, furthering their impact across several counties in South Dakota.

“We are committed to being more than a power supplier; we provide power with purpose, and initiatives like the Public Power Day of Giving help build stronger, more resilient communities,” Hyland said.



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Megan Rummel