BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (April 27, 2018) -- The Utilities District of Western Indiana recently completed work to install new poles at the ballfields of the E5 Foundations, a local organization that works to bring smiles to children and their families who are dealing with an illness, hardship, or other special needs.
UDWI teamed up with The E5 Foundation, created by Major League Baseball Player Scott Rolen, to install four donated poles at one of E5’s ballfields, two for lighting and two for netting, which will extend playing time on the field and increase safety for spectators.
This nonprofit organization, located in Smithville, gives families an opportunity to participate in outdoor recreational activities through Camp Emma Lou, Family Retreat Weekends, T.E.A.M. Field Trips, and the Hot Corner Kids Program.
“It was great to be able to contribute something to this organization that is trying to make life better for children,” said Jeremy Feltner, UDWI’s lead foreman on the project. “I’m looking forward to see how else UDWI is going to get involved in helping members in our community like this.”
As part of its efforts to reduce excess costs, UDWI has had to make the difficult choice to dramatically cut its charitable contributions. But, the co-op hasn’t stopped looking for ways to help its members and the community in which they live. Instead, the cooperative has focused its efforts on opportunities that give its time and expertise in more meaningful and financially responsible ways.
“A team of our linemen dedicated their time to get the poles in place between service calls so not to interfere with member needs,” UDWI CEO Doug Childs said. “This is the type of giving back in the community that UDWI will continue to support; dedicating our people and available resources to organizations and programs that improve the lives of our members. When we can help our communities, we will.”