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PowerLine Vol. 43, December 2017
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Arkon Connects With Community

Partnership with Salvation Army helps combat generational poverty

Arkon Power recently sponsored the local Salvation Army’s 4th Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner, an event that generates proceeds for the organization’s Pathway of Hope program.

“It’s a program to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty,” said Lindsay Crossland, director of development for the Salvation Army of Clearwater & Upper Pinellas. “We want to make these changes for good, instead of keeping people in this cycle of poverty for generations.”

Arkon Power chose to be involved in the Doing the Most Good event and support the Salvation Army because it values the community in which it operates, according to Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis.

“Our goal is not only to help our customers improve as places of business, but to help the communities we serve in Florida and beyond improve as places to live,” she said. “We value everyone we live and work with not only as customers, but as people.”

The Arkon Power team attended the 4th Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner, held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Sept. 28, to learn more about how it can assist the Salvation Army in its mission to serve. Through Pathway of Hope, the Army provides individualized services to families with children to allow them to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. The program seeks to address the root causes of poverty, Crossland said.

Last year, the Salvation Army served more than 57,000 people in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. For its sponsorship of the annual Doing the Most Good dinner, Arkon Power will be featured on the Salvation Army truck in the coming year. The truck is not only driven throughout Pinellas County on a daily basis, but it has also appeared at special events and media opportunities, including the Tampa Bay Rays Christmas in July game, Red Kettle Campaign kick-off with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Walmart Fill-the-Truck events, Red Kettle Campaign opportunities with Bay News 9, Angel Tree media opportunities with ABC, and many more.

“We’re truly honored to see our name associated with an organization as devoted to improving the plight of the poor and disadvantaged as the Salvation Army,” Lelekis said. “It’s a partnership Arkon Power hopes to continue for many years to come.”

Email shea@arkonpower.com to learn more about Arkon Power and its involvement in the local community.

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