When neighborhoods in Houston were hidden beneath nearly five feet of water, Stream Energy was one of the first companies to respond. The effort to recover from Hurricane Harvey meant helping residents in the region get back to a normal sense of life and curbing costs to customers living in affected areas.
Aiding in the response to a devastating natural disaster is just one way Stream Energy’s culture as a company makes philanthropic giving a regular part of business. And it’s because of that need to give that led to the creation of Stream Cares. This charitable foundation seeks out worthy causes across Texas and the country at large.
By carrying Stream Energy’s name and recruiting employees to decide how and where to get involved allows the company to brand itself to the marketplace as one that cares while getting involved with local communities.
This routine giving is in line with most US corporations. In any given year they can donate billions of dollars to charities at home and abroad, but not in Texas. When looking across the country, Texas is consistently ranked as one of the least charitable states. Stream Energy expects that to change.
Stream Cares has worked alongside respected and known charities like the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity across the state. These partnerships are decided in part with participation from employees. They even take part in running and participating in local functions that have a direct impact in how the company is perceived in the public eye.
An example of this direct involvement is the company’s interest in addressing the problems of homelessness. In Dallas, the city Stream Energy calls homes, homelessness has spiked by 24%. So they decided to wok with the Hope Supply Co., a charity known for addressing homelessness, and gave more than 1,000 kids without a stable home a day of food and fun at a Texas water park. In addition to having a chance to enjoy themselves, they were also supplied with money and resources their families could use.
Senior Event Manager Kimberly Girard said in a recent statement that helping vulnerable communities is at the heart of the company’s need to give back. That’s paired with a strategy that identifies causes and organizations that could use their help and gives their employees new ways to get directly involved.
Girard went on to say that being from a state that isn’t known for giving back gives Stream energy an opportunity to stand as an example to Texas and the country of how companies can be involved in their local communities.