Nov 7, 2023
Power’s 2023 Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Summit Makes a Major Impact on the City of Chicago
The company’s annual conference aimed at driving diversity and inclusion proved that small actions can have lasting impact.
What is Power’s CD&I Summit?
Every year, Power year hosts their annual Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Summit in an effort to evolve the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and this year’s event descended upon the city of Chicago from September 27-28th. The theme of this year’s event was impact — that it only takes one spark or one person to start a change reaction.
While the three-day event offered different informative sessions and fostered conversations about collective and individual impact, Power wanted to do more than just talk — we wanted to take action and give back to a city that’s been influential in driving positive change.
How we Served our Communities
For the first time ever, Power hosted our largest employee volunteer initiative to date to revitalize Chicago neighborhoods and directly give back to community members while fortifying equity within the city.
In order to create the most impact, Power partnered with Chicago Cares — the city’s premier volunteer organization, connecting individuals and organizations with volunteer projects that address Chicago’s most pressing needs.
Over 300 Power employees from across the country gathered in the South and West Sides of Chicago, participating in a variety of volunteer projects that contributed towards economic development, urban revitalization, social and workforce integration services, urban conservation, and more. Our impact included:
- 600 hours of time donated across 300+ Power employees to 14 different non-profits
- 850 grocery bags packed and distributed for unhoused individuals and asylum seekers
- 600 tulips planted across the South, West, and Northwest Sides of Chicago
- 170 community members served at local food pantry
- 120 hygiene kits packed for community members
- 80 lunches and gift bags devliered to low income seniors
- 75 meals prepped for unhoused individuals
- 25 bags of trash picked up from main corridors in the community
- 100 t-shirts screenprinted, one mural painted, two tool benches painted, and 10 shelves built at Working Bikes
- One home painted, cleaned, and refurbished for an individual transitioning out of the foster care system
How we Impacted our Employees
But one could argue that there was an even greater impact left on Power employees. Power Scrum Master Talia Turner shares her experience:
“I had the privilege of collaborating with New Hope Church, ensuring a dignified shopping experience for those in need. Everyone deserves access to fresh produce, and my group played a vital role in making that happen. We stocked shelves, guided shoppers, bagged groceries, and offered assistance as needed. But the most profound takeaway was the preservation of dignity.
We all face tough times, and I’ve had my share, just like many of you. My parents, like countless others, had to seek help at times. It’s a humbling experience to provide for those in need while upholding their dignity.
The concept of a non-traditional food bank that offers a shopping experience still gives me chills. It’s one of the many reasons I love working at Power – the unforgettable experiences they provide.
Power left a positive mark on Chicago, and I couldn’t be prouder to have been a part of it. Let’s continue making a difference, one dignified opportunity at a time.”
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