May Hero of the Month:
American Transmission Company
Recognized by Great Place To Work and Fortune Magazine as one of the Nation’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back, the employees of Waukesha-based American Transmission Company (ATC) volunteered a remarkable 19,000 hours of their time in 2016. For this dedication to our community, we are proud to name ATC as our Hero of the Month.
ATC is a transmission-only utility that helps meet the electric needs of more than 5 million people in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois.
ATC’s tagline is “Helping to keep the lights on, businesses running, and communities strong.” ® There is a recognized high level of employee pride, trust, and camaraderie regarding this mission, with the “Paying It Forward in the community” aspect being taken very seriously. The employees definitely “walk the talk” when it comes to helping the less fortunate, as evidence by the following initiatives:
ATC partners with the Ice Age Trail Alliance Summer Saunters program to provide an opportunity for youth to learn about Wisconsin’s glacial, cultural and natural history while hiking and exploring along the trail. Along with getting exercise, the children studied geology, geography, trees, plants and insects.
For their Earth Days of Caring, employees volunteered for a spring cleanup at the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum’s Longenecker Horticultural Gardens, donated and planted seedlings at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, and built a boardwalk to help complete a section of trail at Riveredge Nature Center.
Employee donations to United Way exceeded $167,000 in 2016 to support programs that create life-changing opportunities for their neighbors. As a company, they also donated $690,000 to more than 400 organizations that improve our communities. And, their Matching Gifts Program benefited 75 different organizations supported by their employees.
For their United Way Days of Caring, employees filled hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for the Backpack Coalition in Waukesha, welcomed guests receiving needed services from Project Homeless Connect at Marquette University, participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and served meals at Freedom House in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Habitat for Humanity
During Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, 20 employees erected the second-story framing of a home for two families.
Helping Fight Hunger
Employees donated more than 7,000 meals to the hungry in 2016 by supporting Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s Mobile Food Pantry Program. Additionally, employee volunteers unloaded and sorted buses full of food for easy distribution to pantries at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin the day before Thanksgiving.
More than 300 employees and their family members participated in rides, runs and walks to support community organizations and local charities in 2016. ATC sponsored the registration fees while employees participated and raised thousands of dollars to support the UPAF Ride for the Arts, Briggs and Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk, Parkinson’s Half Marathon, Bellin Run and ProHealth Care Walks for Cancer.
One of ATC's company values is "Care", and it is evident that their employees' actions within the community that they take this commitment very seriously. We applaud American Transmission Company as our Hero of the Month!