JEFFERSON CITY---The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored in a special way this year as volunteers from the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Empire District Electric Company and Missouri-American Water Company help construct energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity housing in Joplin as part of a national program sponsored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Missouri Public Service Commissioner Robert Kenney, who is chairman of NARUC’s national campaign honoring Dr. King, established the partnership with Habitat for Humanity as a way to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service and to draw attention to the power of energy conservation.
“These Missouri volunteers are part of the national ‘Anybody Can Serve’ campaign by NARUC to honor the ideals of public service Dr. King expressed in his ‘Drum Major Instinct’ sermon given on Feb. 4, 1968,” Kenney said. “As testament to Dr. King’s challenge, these volunteers are committing to a ‘Day of Utility Service’ on Jan. 21, the national holiday that honors Dr. King.”
Kenney has served as chairman of the national campaign since 2011. Under his leadership, public service commissions across the nation have volunteered on energy efficiency projects with local Habitat for Humanity organizations.
Commissioner Robert Kenney, as well as, NARUC President Philip Jones of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission will be in Joplin on Jan. 21.
Last year, volunteers from the Missouri PSC worked on Habitat projects in the St. Louis area. This year, they take those efforts to Joplin to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
“I am extremely proud of the response that we have received to this program nationally, and especially here in Missouri, where this way of honoring Dr. King was first established,” Kenney said. “It is inspiring to see the Missouri Public Service Commission be joined by other commissions across the country in answering this call.
“Not only does this reinforce the importance of energy efficiency and conservation in containing costs and protecting the environment, it does so in a way that honors Dr. King’s challenge that truly, anybody can serve,” Kenney said.
Volunteer workers are scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at 2411 Murphy Ave. in Joplin. The South Joplin Christian Church will be providing lunch to the volunteers.
Contact: Joshua Harden, 573-751-7504, email: Joshua.Harden@psc.mo.gov