For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017

SMUD employees help local nonprofits shine

Staffers donated nearly $500,000 and volunteered nearly 15,000 hours in 2016

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As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, SMUD is committed to the success of the region it serves. At the core of these efforts is the dedication of SMUD’s employees to Sacramento and the adjoining communities in which they live, work and play.

In 2016, SMUD employees contributed more than $480,000 to more than 300 nonprofit organizations through the SMUD Combined Charities campaign. Since 2005, SMUD employees have donated more than $3.8 million via the program. Combined Charities is an employee-run initiative that raises money for a wide variety of nonprofits through payroll deductions and other fundraising efforts. Local nonprofits that have received some of the largest donations in recent years include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, WEAVE, Inc. and the Sacramento Children’s Home.

SMUD employees also volunteered nearly 15,000 hours last year. The economic value of that time adds up to more than $360,000 to local nonprofits.

“Not only do our employees work 24/7 to keep Sacramento bright, they also give significant amounts of their time and money to local nonprofits that are making a difference every day,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “We’re incredibly proud to have employees that are so committed to this community.”

Orchard helps lead SMUD employees in this commitment to local service by participating directly in a number of nonprofit fundraising efforts, including the WEAVE Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event this Saturday, May 6. As one of the campaign chairs, Orchard has been promoting the event in the community and will bring a team of SMUD volunteers to participate as well.

SMUD employees are continuing their charitable efforts this year. Employee donations and volunteer hours are both on track to meet or exceed last year’s totals.

Another example of SMUD employees and their families supporting local nonprofits is the role undertaken recently by six-year-old “Super” Jack McDermott—son of a SMUD employee and grandson of another. Jack was the official 2017 Sacramento Ambassador for the March of Dime’s March for Babies event held this past weekend. Jack was born four months premature and spent five months in the hospital before he was able to go home. His family has been a strong supporter of the March of Dimes and its mission for many years.

You can learn more about the commitment of SMUD’s employees to this community and SMUD’s efforts to keep Sacramento bright for more than 70 years at smud.org/Bright.