From sprucing up the campus at San Ardo Elementary School to “adopting” South County families during the holiday season, the contributions of Aera Energy in Monterey County have not gone unnoticed.
The Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce honored Aera and five other members at its 100th annual Awards Luncheon, held virtually Feb. 25, for their sustained commitment and outstanding service to the community.
Aera was named “Large Business of the Year,” marking the first time a south Monterey County business has received this award in more than 20 years.
“Aera has not only been a longtime supporter of our local economy but has shown a continued commitment to improving the lives of those in our county through generous financial support and meaningful employee engagement,” said Paul Farmer, chief executive officer of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Aera is involved in the community in many different ways. For example, when the United Way Monterey County and San Ardo School were looking for a partner to help spruce up the campus, Aera volunteers touched up paint and upgraded the playground area making it a better and safer place for students to play.
Aera also “adopts” South County families every holiday season by buying and delivering gifts for families who may need a little help during the holidays.
Last year, when the pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to all communities, Aera was one the first major businesses to support the Community Foundation of Monterey County with $50,000 in emergency aid to support vital services for residents.
“This award shows we’re walking on the right path,” said Kathy Miller, Aera public affairs coordinator in Monterey County. “And most importantly, we’re making a difference in the lives of others. This incredible honor inspires us to not only continue our community work but find ways to do even more.”
Hear more from Miller on why Aera does what it does in south Monterey County.