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South Central Power Employees Respond to COVID-19

May 15, 2020

While both South Central Power and the South Central Power Company Foundation are stepping up community investments to respond to local needs in the wake of a global pandemic, a number of South Central Power employees are finding innovative ways to contribute as well.

In April, after new guidance suggested that Americans should wear hard-to-find disposable or cloth masks while in public, a group of employees formed an ad-hoc team to sew them for community first-responders, essential workers, and co-workers and their families who had difficulty finding masks on their own.

Brittany Root, a Member Service Representative in Lancaster, might be the voice on the other end of the line if you contact our office for assistance. But when she off work these days, she’s juggling her family of five kids and making masks for front line workers like the employees at the Pickerington Central High School cafeteria, who prepare meals to deliver to students who need them, even though students are participating in their education program from home. Root got started by making them for her mom and husband, both essential workers who work outside of the home, and it took off from there. Once she started making them, she learned of more people in need, and wound up partnering with other employees who were also making them to give them to coworkers and their families.

Root, who like some other South Central Power employees is able to work remotely, said she wanted to make the masks as a way to give back to those who are more exposed to the public during the pandemic. “I just feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to be able to work from home during this time, so it’s a small thing to give up my evenings and weekends to put these masks together and give them to people who can put them to good use,” she said. “It’s another way we can give back to the communities we serve, and it feels good to be able to help.”