Every day, KCP&L employees are giving their time and talents to make a difference. These efforts are at the heart of our community investments program.
KCP&L provides more than the energy that powers our community; we empower our employees to make a difference. Our employees share their time, skills and compassion with a variety of important causes. Collectively, they spend nearly 20,000 hours each year volunteering—from providing strategic input as board members to cleaning up playgrounds and working with students. They also give more than $1 million of their own money to help others, in addition to our corporate support
. We’re proud to support their efforts and share some of their stories.
Tiffany Wheeler, Engineer II
Tiffany Wheeler is energizing our community through her volunteerism in workforce development. She may not be that far removed from school herself, but Tiffany is already helping to prepare the next generation of engineers. She first joined KCP&L as an INROADS
intern in 2006. INROADS, a non-profit internship program, gave her the tools and experience she needed to hit the ground running. Today, she volunteers countless hours increasing students’ awareness to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Working with the KC STEM Alliance
, Tiffany has judged robotics competitions and is a popular guest speaker for classroom presentations. In fact, she’s such an engaging speaker that the organization asked her to train other volunteers. Tiffany has also served as president of the National Association of Black Engineers
, Kansas City chapter.
Verdis Green, Manager of Field Performance
Verdis Green remembers what it was like to grow up “inside a box,” feeling like your opportunities are limited. So he’s devoted himself to giving urban kids a glimpse of a different future. As part of that commitment, he serves on the boards of the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri
and the South Kansas City Chamber
, volunteers with the Lead to Read
program and coaches girls’ basketball. He’s also given his time as a mentor for the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center
. Verdis is passionate about connecting directly with kids and sharing his own story. He inspires kids to rely on goals, effort and spiritual support to break out of the box and begin their own transformation. Because he knows that sometimes it’s the conversations that happen outside of the programming or curriculum that can make the biggest impact, he gives his full attention to show every kid that he or she is important.