Working with the Communities We Serve

Giving

At NextEra Energy, we’re working together with the communities we serve to make our communities even better places to work and raise families. In 2015, our company and our employees contributed more than $12.7 million to support initiatives that contribute to the well-being of our communities. FPL supported more than 1,500 nonprofits and contributed almost $4.5 million in donations and sponsorships.

Our employees donated more than $3.9 million to help their communities in 2015. This past year, more than 1,000 employees across the country chose to give at a leadership level ($1,000 or more annually) through the iPledge employee-giving campaign. And, our Care to Share program – which helps those who need help to pay their utility bill – has raised thousands of dollars every year. Since 1994, $21.2 million has been raised by this program and nearly 85,000 families have been provided assistance.

Charitable Giving
Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery CenterTM

Opened in 2016, FPL constructed Manatee Lagoon as part of its environmental mission to not only educate the public about the relationship it has with these wonderful creatures, but to “inspire communities to preserve and protect Florida’s environment and wildlife for future generations.”

Manatee Lagoon was unveiled to the public to rave reviews and was named as one of Palm Beach County’s best free attractions. The facility is a valued community asset that provides learning opportunities for visitors and residents alike to understand what is needed to appreciate and protect manatees and so much more. Manatee Lagoon also offers a lecture series and a full calendar of events that feature activities for both young and old alike.

With this facility, FPL seized the opportunity to highlight the important position the company maintains in educating audiences about the role power plants play in Florida’s constantly evolving ecological landscape. FPL already supports manatee research and conducts tagging exercises and aerial surveys at its facilities to help assess the health of manatee herds. Manatee Lagoon helps underscore why we work to ensure that our business practices are in harmony with wildlife and their habitats.

In Florida, manatee season begins on November 15 and runs through March 31. During the winter months, manatees congregate in the warm-water discharges of FPL’s adjacent Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center. Manatee Lagoon showcases a dedicated area for viewing manatees up close. The 16,000-square-foot center features engaging, hands-on exhibits for visitors to learn all about these endangered and unique creatures, as well as the natural wonders of the surrounding Lake Worth Lagoon.

It is undeniable that environmental excellence is a core value of our company. That goes hand-in-hand with increasing awareness between energy and the environment – and FPL’s stewardship in this space. With Manatee Lagoon, we have a unique opportunity to engage a variety of stakeholders and form partnerships to build trust toward the common goal of environmental stewardship and protection.

For more information about Manatee Lagoon, visit: www.VisitManateeLagoon.com

Photos available at FPL newsroom: http://newsroom.fpl.com/manateelagoon

Health Fair in West Virginia

Health care needs are great in the north-central West Virginia area where NextEra Energy Resources' Mountaineer Wind Energy Center generates emissions-free electricity. For the 10th consecutive year, NextEra Energy Resources in 2014 sponsored a regional health fair in the area at which health screenings and assessments were made available to many people who otherwise would not have the means or access to these services. Every year, hundreds of local area residents attend the fair and receive blood tests, EKGs and ultrasounds.

Volunteering

At NextEra Energy, our employees and their families volunteer thousands of hours each year, making a difference in our communities. In 2015, employee volunteers contributed more than 70,200 hours through company-sponsored and personal projects. More than 200 community organizations have employees of our company serving voluntarily on their boards. Through the company’s Dollars for Doers program, that awards grants in recognition of employee volunteer time, nearly $150,000 in grants were distributed in 2015.

Power to Care Week

One of the most visible volunteer events for us is our annual Power to Care Week. During this year’s eighth annual event, held the week of Feb. 29, more than 1,500 employee volunteers participated in 33 community projects in 13 counties across Florida and in Texas. Employees, executives and their families, rolled up their sleeves to help clean beaches, landscape gardens, spruce up parks, beautify schools and more – giving back more than 6,000 volunteer hours to the communities we serve. And we hosted our single largest Power to Care event ever, with 210 employees beautifying Egret Lake Elementary School in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Here are just a few of the other ways our volunteers contributed during the week:

  • 100 “we care” packages assembled to send to U.S. soldiers deployed overseas by Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.
  • 8,000 pounds of green peppers gleaned with CROS Ministries to be distributed by Palm Beach County (Fla.) Food Bank.
  • Nearly 1,100 pounds of trash and debris collected at parks and beaches.
  • 6,000 children’s backpacks, containing a total of 36,000 meals, filled for backpack programs at the Houston Food Bank and Feeding South Florida.
  • 10 homes improved for neighbors in need through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity branches in Florida’s Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward and Lee counties, and through the Homes for Warriors program in Palm Bay, Fla.
  • More than 1,000 smoke detectors installed in Miami-Dade, Martin and St. Lucie counties as part of the American Red Cross country-wide campaign to reduce deaths due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

Pam Rauch, FPL vice president, development and external affairs

Corporate citizenship in many ways defines us. We are integral to the fabric of every community we serve, and everything we do focuses on improving the quality of life for our customers. We maximize our efforts through strategic community partnerships and powerful hands-on volunteer projects, and our employees take pride in stepping up to the plate to share their time and talent.

-Pam Rauch, FPL vice president, development and external affairs

Our Volunteers

Power to Care events are not limited to one week a year. The company and its employees plan dozens of volunteer events throughout the year.

Here are just a few of the other ways our volunteers contributed during the week: