Whatever it takes: Delta Energy refused to back down from its community engagemen Featured

9:33am EDT January 2, 2014
Whatever it takes: Delta Energy refused to back down from its community engagemen

Sheri Tackett
Founder and CEO
Delta Energy Services LLC

The past year has been a time of significant change at Delta Energy Services LLC. The company sold the natural gas commodity portion of its business and acquired a Canadian company in the spring, changes that resulted in a head-count reduction of almost 30 percent. It would have been easy to accept that with fewer people there wouldn’t be enough time or manpower to do a lot of work in the community.

It was just the opposite under the leadership of Sheri Tackett, the company’s founder and CEO.

There was an understanding that the company’s financial contributions might shrink, but an emphasis on volunteerism resulted in many wonderful stories of help and support to organizations across the area.

Homeless Families Foundation, Welcome Warehouse, The Salvation Army, Down Syndrome Achieves and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio are just a few of the organizations that benefit from Delta Energy volunteerism.

Financial support was still there, too. The company’s longest running charity program is the Jeans Day Fund. Employees are given the option to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a $2 donation. The funds are matched 100 percent by the company and at the end of the year, the money raised is donated to a handful of charities nominated and voted upon by Delta employees.

There is a similar program called the Soda Fund, in which employees make a 25-cent donation if they take a beverage from the company refrigerator. Donations made this past year totaled $53,000. ●