Community Commitment

Over the last 50 years, ECA has built a reputation for being a responsible corporate citizen, investing in local communities, and giving back to the areas where we operate.

We demonstrate this commitment tangibly by planting trees, building community facilities, and making improvements to local schools. We also support our communities in intangible ways by encouraging employee volunteerism and serving as school partners in education.

ECA Foundation

ECA is committed to maximizing the potential of youth academically, physically, and spiritually. That’s why we established the ECA Foundation in 1996 and every year nearly seven percent of profits are given back to the communities where we operate. For more information, visit the ECA Foundation page.

Community Involvement

Every year, ECA employees participate in a number of community events and support charitable organizations working to make impacts in the areas where we operate. From health walks and awareness fundraisers to chamber of commerce events and county fairs, ECA employees are involved in their communities and work hard to help make their hometowns better places to work and live. The following are a few recent examples of our employees working in their communities.

A Company with Heart

For many years, ECA has sponsored a team to participate in the annual American Heart Association – Charleston Heart Walk. And, each summer the company hosts an employee cornhole tournament to raise funds in support of its Heart Walk team. 

All of the proceeds from the tournament, and any other donations raised, go to support the American Heart Association and their fight against heart disease and stroke.  

Investing in the Future

ECA has partnered with The Challenge Program, Inc. to introduce its innovative performance model to students in Greene County, Pennsylvania. 

The Challenge Program's mission involves connecting businesses with schools and motivating students to build the solid work habits required for a productive future.  In Greene County, the program distributed financial awards to the seniors at Carmichaels, Mapletown, and Jefferson-Morgan high schools for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service.

Making Seasons Bright

Each December, a group of women from ECA host an annual Christmas Party for the residents of the YWCA-Charleston's Shanklin Center.  The party includes lunch and each resident receives a present, a gift bag of health and beauty items, and a crate of essential household products.  

YWCA Shanklin Center is a small community of independent-living, handicap-accessible apartments that provide permanent housing for victims of elder abuse and those who became homeless as a result of that abuse.

Partners in Education

ECA is a partner in education with schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Through these partnerships, ECA implements a school wellness program designed to help students, teachers, staff members, and administrators be more active, make better choices, and generally live healthier lives. Check out the following stories to find out more about how ECA partners with local schools.

Promoting Walk to School Day

Each October, Energy Corporation of America (ECA) employees join the students, teachers, and staff of Chamberlain Elementary for International Walk to School Day.

Students, school personnel, and ECA staff gather at the site of the former Watt Powell Park in Charleston, West Virginia at 7:45 a.m. and walked more than one mile to the school building, where they ended the hike with a healthy breakfast.

“ECA is proud to participate with Chamberlain in this year’s Walk to School Day,” said the company’s Wellness Coordinator Kim Rodeheaver. “The initiative encourages kids to be active, promotes a cleaner environment, and builds a stronger sense of community throughout the neighborhood. All of these are values that ECA cares deeply about and we are pleased to get to share this worthwhile experience with the students and teachers of Chamberlain – our partner in education!”

In addition to joining the school for International Walk to School Day, ECA works with Chamberlain to promote wellness activities for students throughout the school year including nutrition and healthy eating initiatives and physical fitness challenges.

Located in the Kanawha City area of Charleston, W.Va., Chamberlain is home to about 215 students and more than 30 staff members.

Elevating the Next Generation

ECA has partnered with Education Elevators to provide mentors to elementary school students in Charleston, West Virginia.  Each week several ECA employees visit their local students as part of this unique program. 

The mission of the Education Elevators program is to elevate the abilities and aspirations of students - to make them more confident in themselves and receptive to learning, through the support and investment of a caring adult.  Once a week, ECA volunteers visit their mentor students at school, for about 45 minutes, to serve as a role model, provide a caring influence in the child's life, and just spend time with doing things together they both enjoy (including sports, reading, crafts, and more.)

Dancing for Heart Health

Each year, ECA sponsors a Valentine's Day Heart Dance for fifth-grade students of Chamberlain Elementary in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The dance is a reward for students who successfully complete a series of heart-health assignments and includes age-appropriate dances, music, and healthy snacks.  The dance is a fun way for students to better understand the importance of being active and making heart-healthy choices.