A Letter from Fayetteville Public Utilities' CEO/General Manager, Britt Dye

The Season of Giving 

CEO / General Manager Britt Dye

I am honored to work alongside the 110 employees of Fayetteville Public Utilities. The people on our team have a real passion for people and the community we serve, and it shows.

It shows in the way they perform their jobs each day. They keep utilities on for more than 18,000 homes, farms and businesses in Lincoln County. Every day. Rain or shine.

It also shows when they are challenged to do more.

In October, FPU participated in the Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service, which we extended to cover the entire month of October. This annual event challenges the state’s rural utilities to complete service projects in their communities.

For this year’s event, we collected donations of new socks and undergarments for Clothe Our Kids, a Lincoln County-based nonprofit that provides clothing and shoes to at-risk children in our community. The organization accomplishes this entirely through community clothing and financial donations. The clothing bags are delivered directly and discreetly to teachers or caseworkers who call and request help for a child in need. During our month of service, FPU collected more than 134 packages of socks and undergarments.

It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when we work together. Statewide, rural electric utilities completed 25 community service projects during this year’s Day of Service event. Some 400 utility employees volunteered more than 1,000 hours serving their communities.

You can also see the passion our employees have for others in the way they responded to this fall’s hurricane season. Ten FPU employees gave of their time to travel to North Carolina following Hurricane Florence. Just a couple of weeks later, another group of eight employees volunteered to go to Georgia to assist with power restoration following Hurricane Michael.

In the last three months alone, our team put in more than 2,800 hours helping get power back on for strangers in need.

Serving our community is the only reason FPU exists. We have a mission to improve everyday life for our customers, and that goes far beyond simply keeping utilities on.

This holiday season, I challenge you to seek out ways to serve others, whether it be through your church, a community service organization or by just helping a neighbor in need. You can also give back by participating in our Harvest of Hope Food Drive or Project Help program. Those are only a few of the ways that FPU gives back to our community.

It is better to give than to receive, and our community will be a better place if we all get involved.