Our team members live in our service areas and have relatives and friends in the outlying counties and towns we support. Summit team members buy groceries where you shop, dine where you dine, and are proud to call your hometown their hometown. That’s why we stand behind giving back to the communities we support in a big way. Summit works to play a key role in making our cities and towns phenomenal places to live. We do this through community programs and charitable giving efforts.
Summit team members contribute significant time and financial support to the communities in which we live and work.
So far this year, our company team members in Arkansas and Oklahoma have participated in 733 hours of Volunteer Time Off (VTO). As a company, our annual goal is 3,500 hours. We’re proud to be on track to exceed that number by the end of the year.
Summit provides members of our team up to 20 hours annually of paid time to volunteer in the communities we serve.
Community giving is so important to us. Each year we partner with local charitable organizations, schools, industry groups, and our team members to support the betterment of the communities, environment, and people we serve.
Our future depends on healthy, vibrant communities and opportunities for our friends and neighbors to fulfill their potential. That's why community giving is so important to us. Each year we partner with local charitable organizations, schools, industry
groups, and our team members to support the betterment of the communities, environment, and people we serve. Connections and alliances in the areas we serve enhance relationships within those communities, and support business development and growth.
The United Way
The United Way organization mobilizes our community to enhance the ability of how we care for one another. Summit encourages team members to volunteer for United Way events and in addition, the company will match team member contributions up to $5,000 annually.
Arkansas Food Bank
Summit is proud to support the Arkansas Food Bank. Did you know the state of Arkansas ranks second in the nation for food insecurity? Summit’s support helps distribute food and meals to 33 counties across the state to assist families in need.
Summit works with local chambers to inform residents of energy efficiency practices, rebates and money-saving offers, and payment assistance programs. Working with area chambers additionally educates community members of our industry, promotes business growth and economic development, as well as tourism.
To further show our investment in the communities we operate in, we aim to go beyond charitable giving in a monetary form. After all, to be truly dedicated requires not only financial assistance but an investment of time as well. Summit’s volunteer time off (VTO) program is something we consider a perk for both our team members and our communities. VTO allows our team to give back to the local areas we serve, it promotes personal growth, self-esteem, and it’s fun and brings people together!
More great reasons our team members love Summit VTO:
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Summit’s 2023 Community Giving Program will be available mid-year.
If your organization would like to apply for a grant or charitable contribution, the Summit 2023 Community Giving program giving parameters will be available mid-year. At the beginning of each year, Summit will announce its giving areas of focus including a grant application window and an online application process. Applicants will be limited to not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status organizations located in the Summit service area(s): Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
At Summit, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a vital part of our culture and help inform our charitable giving efforts. We understand serving communities today in new and unique ways aids in encouraging a more brilliant and diverse future. We aim to break barriers and improve outcomes for those who face challenges based on social, economic, racial, and geographic inequalities. We prioritize organizations that fall in line with our commitments and values.
Generally, Summit does not make charitable contributions to:
Summit’s charitable giving is primarily focused on these areas:
Summit’s culture encourages being a valued community partner. Supporting our service areas with safe, dependable, and affordable natural gas includes offering programs to help those in need. These programs are available to those who qualify for home heating needs through federally funded programs and crisis assistance offered by counties. If you or someone you know is having trouble paying your natural gas bill, explore our payment assistance program offerings.
Summit Utilities has created the Summit Heating Assistance Fund for customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the Texarkana, Texas area to provide financial assistance to customers who are struggling to pay their heating bills. This program replaces the “Good Neighbor Fuel Fund” that CenterPoint Energy previously offered customers in this service area.
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