• Sunday, 24 March 2019

Georgia Power taps new mobile technology to help neighbors in need

ATLANTA: Georgia Power is tapping new mobile technology from Purposity to empower employees and propel a social evolution of the company's 130-year commitment to Georgia communities.

With Purposity, 7,000 employees now have access to the charitable giving platform which makes it easy to find and help a neighbor in need via mobile device, then share how they helped on social media. The digital tool complements the company's other longstanding employee citizenship options including the Georgia Power Club of Hearts, an employee-giving program, and in-person volunteer service through organizations such as the Citizens of Georgia Power.

To launch the new program, Georgia Power is hosting a statewide backpack drive to benefit local Georgia schools. Employees across the company are using the Purposity platform to purchase backpacks for local students, which will be packed with school supplies and be delivered to start the 2018-2019 school year. Local districts benefiting from the program include Atlanta Public Schools; the Bibb County School System; the Brantley County School System; Richmond County Schools; the Lowndes County School District and the Valdosta City School District.

"Our longstanding mission to be A Citizen Wherever We Serve has evolved and grown for more than century to now include more than 100,000 volunteer service hours from our employees each year and impactful corporate partnerships with leading non-profit organizations," said Chris D'Andrea, volunteer services manager for Georgia Power. "Purposity represents the next phase of our multifaceted charitable giving and community strategy, empowering our employees to give locally to causes that mean the most to them and amplify that impact on social media."

Purposity brings local needs right to users' mobile phones via a weekly text featuring a need from a verified non-profit organization. The platform is based on a simple premise - if you knew your neighbor was in need, you'd help them. Every story is submitted by someone working directly with the person in need and highlights a physical item that can assist that individual. It takes less than two minutes to meet a need and purchased items can typically be delivered to the recipient in two days. Learn more at www.purposity.com.

For more than 130 years, Georgia Power has been dedicated to giving back to Georgia communities. In 2017, Georgia Power's total community impact including more than $21 million total invested by the company, The Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. and employees in Georgia communities and non-profit organizations throughout the year. Last year alone, 6,000 Georgia Power employees and retirees, including donated their time to help their neighbors and improve the quality of life in their communities by completing more than 147,000 volunteer hours.

To learn more about Georgia Power's commitment to communities across the state, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/Community. To keep up with Georgia Power's active volunteer and giving efforts every day, follow the company on Twitter @GeorgiaPower and #GaPowerfulService.

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