Making it personal Featured

7:00pm EDT December 26, 2009

Sheri Tackett wants to help those who need it in her community and she wants her company, Delta Energy LLC, to do the same. But the company’s founder and president knows that giving means a lot more when it’s something that’s close to your heart.

It’s with that thought in mind that the energy management company developed an employee-run community service committee. The committee meets quarterly and is responsible for gathering information about local causes and volunteering opportunities from employees and other sources.

The group also makes recommendations to the management team and organizes required resources for its charitable efforts. Thus, any organization that receives a donation from Delta Energy has an advocate who deeply believes in the cause of that charity working at the company.

The committee enables employees who have a cause that has special meaning to them to have a means for supporting that effort along with the backing of the entire organization.

Among the causes that Delta supports is Habitat for Humanity, with employees contributing 56 man-hours to the construction of a home in Columbus for a single mother and her three children. The company also made a commitment to contribute at least 5,000 blankets to two local homeless shelters just before Christmas and came through with 5,069 blankets.

The personal touch is also evident in the company’s Jeans Day policy. Throughout the year, employees are given the option of wearing jeans on Fridays in exchange for making a donation to the fund. After the first of the year, the company matches its funds and employees nominate and vote on the beneficiaries.

In each of the last two years, the total donation amounted to $6,000.

The act of giving to those who are less fortunate is a duty in the eyes of Tackett, who subscribes to the adage of “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

It’s with that sense of duty that Delta employees stepped up and bought presents for the children of a colleague who was diagnosed with cancer and undergoing expensive treatments.

With a culture focused on helping others, the giving will certainly continue at Delta Energy.

How to reach: Delta Energy LLC, (614) 339-2600 or www.deltaenergyllc.com