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Renewing communities

<p>Southern Company employees are committed to improving their communities. With the support of community partners and volunteers, Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear employees are doing just that. When they aren&#39;t <a href="/content/southern-company/homepage/our-companies/southern-nuclear/plant-vogtle.html" target="_self">maintaining power</a> for the Southeast, these employees have their boots on the ground helping neighbors.</p>
<p>Employees are proud to serve alongside others in the community through the Neighborhood Renewal Program, which began in 2014.&nbsp; The program is a community alliance project focused on helping the neighbors in the plant&#39;s 10-mile <a href="" target="_blank">Emergency Planning Zone</a>. This unique program is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear employees and local community members with one goal in mind: help the community flourish.</p>
<p>The program focuses on three main objectives: 1) home renewal including structural repairs, electrical work and septic tank replacement; 2) renewable college scholarships to high school students planning to major in a STEM field; and 3) a Family Y which will offer gym facilities and after school and summer programs to Burke County, Georgia.</p>
<p>To date, the program has renewed 10 homes, awarded four scholarships and received approval to begin building a Family Y community center.</p>
<p>“We have an opportunity to make our community better,” describes Suzanne Sharkey, Georgia Power local manager. “We are helping our neighbors while showing the positive impact we can have when we work together.”</p>
<p>Learn more about <a href="/content/southern-company/homepage/corporate-responsibility/community.html" target="_self">Southern Company’s commitment to the community</a>.<br>