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The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities Gives Daily to the Community

You may think of an electric and water utility as an organization that is only concerned about business. But the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) proves itself a grand exception to this old way of thinking. BPU is active in both the support and growth of the community that it serves and is truly a utility with heart!

BPU is proud to make every day a “Day of Giving” by matching employee United Way donations to help families in need with their utility payments. Annually, a local children’s charity is selected to benefit from the BPU Golf Tournament. And of course there are endless Scout, 4-H, Chamber of Commerce and County Fair donations of time, educational materials and sponsorships. Whenever asked, BPU tries their best to be there for the community in thought and action.

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On a particular Saturday this spring in the BPU service community you may have seen a group of utility volunteers planting shrubs, mowing, raking and cleaning yards or hosting a garage sale on their special “United Way Day of Caring.” Caring is evident when the KCBPU Employee Council holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt for KCK Seniors every spring. School doesn't start without a School Supply Drive and the holidays don’t go by without a Toy Drive. There are even many civic functions hosted and led by utility employees. Meeting topics cover utility services as well as water and electric safety. If you're hosting a meeting and need a speaker, give us a call to schedule a speaker for your event.

Community Support

BPU Employee Foundation – consists of 16 dedicated employees representing all areas of the utility and organizes most of BPU’s community service activities. 5,010 volunteer hours were worked and 5,740 children were served through numerous events and campaigns.

United Way Campaign – 700 employees collected a record $250,554 for United Way of Wyandotte County! Half of the funds were directly raised from employee pledges, and half were matched by the board of directors to be used for utility assistance.

Charity Golf Tournament – Every year a local charity is selected to benefit from the funds raised at this annual event.

United Way Day of Caring – Employees donate their days off to work on charitable projects in the community.

Back-to-School Fair – Employees collect cash and new school supplies for area children. 

Holiday Adoptions – Every Thanksgiving employees adopt area families and bring in food donations for a hearty dinner for them to enjoy.

Christmas in the City – A charitable event for children and families.

Toy Drive – Employees collect cash and new toys for needy children. 

Senior Egg Hunt – The BPU Employee Council annually organizes an Easter egg hunt for senior citizens at Bethel Neighborhood Center.

We are so proud of our BPU employees and the work they do for others. They work hard on their jobs and also in the communities they serve, helping others.

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