Helping Local Communities Thrive
We’ve been part of Southern California life for 125 years, and we have a deep connection to the community. Our relationship with the people of Southern California begins with safely providing reliable and affordable power, but that’s not all. From investing in non-profit organizations that deliver vital programs and services, to in-kind donations and hands-on community service, we’re deeply committed to the communities we serve, and improving their quality of life as best we can.
Safety Comes First
Safety During Emergencies
Our region was hit by unprecedented windstorms in late November 2011. Facing thousands of downed trees and power lines, our crews and contractors were able to restore service to nearly 450,000 customers without a major injury to the responding personnel or the public. We believe our focus on safety education and safe practices made it possible.
Emergency Preparedness With the American Red Cross
We’re working with the American Red Cross to advance emergency preparedness in Southern California. Through PrepareSoCal, we’re helping train 250,000 volunteers in first aid, CPR and AED. In addition, 70,000 individuals will be trained in emergency preparedness and 4,000 volunteers to assist in disasters. Our own employees are eager participants, and we will continue to train hundreds to manage emergency shelter operations if needed.
Education & Training for High-Risk Professions
Our commitment to safety extends to those working in construction, maintenance, and landscaping, which often means more exposure to power lines. We reach out to these populations with targeted education and training about electricity safety and offer free safety materials in English or Spanish for agricultural workers and tree trimmers too.
Giving Back: Our 125-Year Tradition
Core Giving Areas: Education, Environment, Public Safety & Civic Engagement
For 125 years, we’ve been partnering with the communities we serve. Our new community grants program provides up to $5,000 per year to community-based non-profits that help underserved populations, and whose missions and programs further our philanthropic focus on education, environment, public safety and preparedness, and civic engagement. We also continue to provide larger grants that align with our strategic plan in the four targeted areas.
Help for Those Struggling to Pay Utility Bills
Since 1982, we have provided special financial assistance to local households struggling to pay their electric bills. Our Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) distributes assistance through the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which collaborates with more than 90 nonprofit organizations to meet needs in our communities. Most recipients are seniors, people with disabilities, and those facing unusual financial hardship. All meet income guidelines.
Last year, more than $1.4 million was donated to EAF in voluntary charitable contributions by our employees, our customers, and shareholders of our parent company, Edison International. Learn how to donate to EAF.
Encouraging Employee Giving
We encourage our employees to give back to the communities where they live and work, and they amaze us year after year. From pledging and giving more than $2.9 million to schools and non-profit organizations last year, to logging more than 281,000 hours of volunteer service, our employees and retirees join in our commitment to supporting education, protecting the environment, helping the underserved, and improving the quality of life in our communities.
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Creating Opportunity for Small & Diverse Businesses
Our Supplier Diversity Efforts
Our supplier diversity program includes programs to help qualifying businesses get set up to do business with us. We provide workshops and support to help qualified WMDVBEs understand our procurement process, and compete more effectively. SCE offered technical assistance to 147 diverse suppliers through SCE Supplier University (SCESU), which is comprised of several innovative developmental and mentoring programs.
We also support organizations that promote the growth and development of diverse business enterprises, and maintain memberships in diverse trade associations and ethnic chambers of commerce. We actively participate in WMDVBE trade fairs, seminars, and conferences, and our supplier diversity program has won awards and recognition.