Of the many companies that responded to the need for humanitarian aid following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston region, Stream Energy was one of the first. From their home office in Dallas they were made aware of neighborhoods sitting in nearly five feet of water, and helped to return people to their homes, their daily lives, and even forgave charges to customers who were affected by the storm.
Stream Energy’s internal culture has long celebrated philanthropy and have sought ways to be more involved in their local communities. With employees this interested in charity it was only a matter of time before Stream Cares popped into the picture.
This charity allows employees to be more active in choosing how the company invests its charity dollars and voice their support for certain organizations. It works in the company’s favor as well, increasing their brand as a true corporate citizen that’s invested in the betterment of their community. By lending the Stream Energy name to their own charity will increase their visibility to the public beyond the energy market.
Stream Cares has built up a reputation for the kind of charity it can be by developing lasting partnerships with respected organizations like the Red cross and Habitat for Humanity. This has helped them assist in worthy causes across the state of Texas and the country.
One such partnership is with the Hope Supply CO. Both charities have worked to address the issue of homelessness, which has increased by 24% in Dallas alone. Together they organized and hosted A Splash of Hope. More than a thousand homeless children spent a day at water park filled with food and fun, and concluded the day by receiving supplies and financial aid that would benefit their families.
While charitable giving is nothing novel for corporations, they aren’t so common in the state of Texas. Of all states in the nation, Texas consistently ranks near the bottom when it comes to charity. Senior Event Manager Kimberly Girard hopes that a combination of employee engagement and strategy will be the way for Stream Energy to stand as an example to companies in Texas and encourage them to get more involved in looking after their home state.