ORANGE COUNTY, FL — More than 50 employee volunteers from OUC –The Reliable One joined another large contingent from Siemens to spend Saturday, April 30 beautifying a facility in Pine Hills that offers home to special-needs children. Volunteers trimmed trees and hedges, added mulch, pressure washed sidewalks and the playground, and painted. And, with the help of Orlando Magic’s mascot STUFF, they added a new basketball court to the property.
“OUC is a truly local utility. We live here, we work here and we care about our neighbors. We want to give back wherever and whenever we can. This is a worthy cause that does terrific work in our community,” OUC Community Relations Manager Lisa Curran said. “When our employees went back to their families at the end of the day, they knew they made a difference.
“We are so grateful for our friends at OUC, Siemens and the Orlando Magic to adopt Devereux Florida’s Orlando Campus as their community outreach project for Earth Day this year,” said Devereux Florida’s Director of External Affairs, Lindsey Phillips. “This weekend was such a powerful testimony of community service and how helping to improve our campus creates a lasting impact for the children who are a part of this program. The work completed through this outreach will be enjoyed for the days and weeks to come.”
Devereux offers a therapeutic living environment for children and adolescents facing significant emotional and behavioral disabilities. Located in Orange County, this program provides a community-based setting for two residential programs; the Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) and Residential Group Care for children and adolescents in need. Through these residential treatment programs, the Orlando Campus includes a total of four residential housing units and onsite school classrooms.
About the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 240,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. According to data provided by the Florida Public Service Commission, OUC has been more reliable than the state’s investor-owned utilities for 18 years running. OUC is focused not just on reliability and affordability, but weaves sustainability into everything it does. This includes opening the area’s first community solar farm, installing nearly 150 electric vehicle charging stations, implementing a comprehensive corporate recycling program and encouraging its customers to use energy and water as wisely as possible.