Thanks to the hard work and dedication of El Paso Electric’s (EPE) summer interns, an emergency center for victims of sexual and family violence is expanding.
EPE’s Summer College and High School Interns chose to address the community issue of domestic violence for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiative.
As part of their initiative, the seven college and 16 high school interns held an educational Awareness Week to teach EPE employees about a wide range of topics related to domestic violence. The project included a partnership with the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV), and fundraising efforts that will go towards furnishing a new emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Earlier this week, the EPE Summer Interns announced they surpassed their fundraising goals. They presented a check to Stephanie Karr in the amount of $11,092.76, which will furnish 33 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, and four kitchenettes for the CASFV’s new emergency shelter.
“This project – this year and years prior – is important because we have an opportunity to make a positive difference in the company and in the community,” said Erin Wells, EPE’s Environmental Department college intern. “Not many people our age have the resources and support to make such a big impact on a societal issue like domestic violence.”
EPE interns took the opportunity to educate themselves about domestic Violence and met with the Executive Director of CASFV, Stephanie Karr.
“We learned that domestic violence is a really pressing issue pressing in the border community. It’s important for us to understand the causes and effects of domestic violence as well as existing resources for victims in our community,” said Christopher Ramirez, Renewable Department college intern.
The summer college internship program was created to provide a unique opportunity to local college students studying outside of our region in hopes that they will return after receiving their degree.
Seven college interns started on May 22, and the 12 week program helps in EPE’s effort to give back to the community by providing students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a career setting.
In its sixth year, EPE’s high school internship program consists of 16 local high school students from various high schools. This unique program provides students with the opportunity to work with various departments throughout the company while also providing them with leadership development trainings that teach them professional behavioral skills in the workplace.