Community

Community

Cross Texas Transmission invests in communities located in the Texas Panhandle and Brazos Valley. Since 2012, Cross Texas Transmission has donated over seven hundred thousand dollars to help support charitable organizations, local events, public health & safety, and education.

Through an active partnership with our surrounding communities, we aim to support local leaders in meeting critical needs — including public safety, education, and hunger relief.

We work to accomplish these main goals by:

  • Building long-term relationships with local organizations including chambers of commerce, community organizations, schools, and public safety departments
  • Providing corporate sponsorships of community events and initiatives
  • Challenging our employees to engage with the community as active volunteers

“It is rewarding to experience the impact of our investment in communities across the Texas Panhandle and the Brazos Valley. We hope that by establishing long-term partnerships with local organizations, we can spread awareness of critical initiatives and do our best to move their missions forward.” – Cameron Fredkin, Senior Vice President, Cross Texas Transmission

Our Commitment to Fighting Hunger Across Texas

Cross Texas Transmission is committed to fighting hunger across the Brazos Valley. To date we have donated $34,500 to the Brazos Valley Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank, and East Texas Food Bank to support hunger relief programs in Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, and Robertson counties.

School Children’s BackPack Program

In the Brazos Valley, one in four children does not know where their next meal will come from. A portion of the funds Cross Texas Transmission has donated are allocated to the food banks’ BackPack Programs, which provide food to food-insecure children on the weekends and holidays when school meals are not available. The program supplies children with backpacks filled with enough food for six meals and two snacks.

Cross Texas Transmission’s support has helped develop two new BackPack Programs for the Iola Elementary School and the Centerville Elementary School.  We have helped supply more than 3,000 backpacks to children attending public schools in the Brazos Valley.

 “We are extremely grateful to Cross Texas Transmission for their very generous support. Feeding our children and ensuring them of a sound nutritional foundation is critical to their education, their future and the development of our community” – Dennis Cullinane, CEO East Texas Food Bank

Family Mobile Food Pantries

One out of every five adults in the Brazos Valley are food-insecure. A portion of our donations to the food banks has also supported mobile food pantries in the Madison and Leon counties.

To illustrate the Madison County need, more than 30,000 pounds of food are distributed on a regular basis to the hungry.

In addition to our financial donation, Cross Texas Transmission teams have volunteered to help distribute food to families in need.

Our Commitment to Community Development

Our commitment to community support across Texas began in the Texas Panhandle. Since 2012, we have donated over $250,000 to three key community initiatives throughout the region – education, health care, and public safety.

Education

After discussions with local community leaders, we chose to partner with three educational institutions to ensure students within the Panhandle had access to the resources needed to improve learning and promote promising futures. Some of the major institutions we have donated to in this category include:

  • West Texas A&M University (AJ Swope Scholarship Fund)
  • Amarillo College (Electrical Lineman Program)
  • Clarendon College (Wind Energy Program)

Health Care

Cross Texas Transmission has also supported initiatives that focus on spreading awareness and increasing assistance to local residents in need of medical care. We are proud to be corporate sponsors for the Medical Center League House and the American Heart Association.

Amarillo Medical Center League House

As of 2018, Cross Texas Transmission has donated more than $40,000 to the Amarillo Medical Center League House. The League House works to provide patients and their families with a place to stay at the lowest cost when a loved one needs medical attention at a hospital away from home. The hospitals and medical care facilities in Amarillo are often the only options available for families for miles around the city, and patients commonly must travel a substantial distance to receive the care they need. The League house works to provide affordable housing for these families and its mission is to help them feel welcomed and comfortable during difficult times. Volunteers and staff working at the League House are available for care and support whenever needed, and the house features a number of amenities to help guests feel more at home.

“Cross Texas Transmission and its employees are very sincere about helping the communities they serve. The Medical Center League House in Amarillo has been very fortunate to be on the receiving end of their kindness. The past two years MCLH has received a grant, which has helped us help families who travel to Amarillo for medical care during their time of need, whether it is an emergency hospital stay, cancer treatments, hospice visits or funerals.” – Amber Glawe, President & Executive Director Medical Center League House

Public Safety

Cross Texas Transmission has also supported public safety within the Panhandle region with donations to various voluntary fire departments, EMS, and policing efforts.

This support reinforces our belief that the strength of a community lies in the unity of the people who live and work in them.

“We would like to publicly thank Cross Texas Transmission (the company who handles the large power lines in Hall County) for their generous donation to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Fund. These ATVs have been a huge asset to the department for responding to calls in hard-to-reach areas of the county (where a normal patrol Tahoe is not able to travel). Thanks again Cross Texas Transmission! We greatly appreciate your support!” – Hall County Sherriff’s Office

Our Commitment To Our Communities

Since its inception, Cross Texas Transmission has maintained a commitment to support the communities in which we operate. This commitment has continued since we opened our Austin offices in 2012 through our support of children’s education and health and other public health initiatives.

Back To School Bash

For some families, the first day of the school year can be a financial burden. That’s why we are involved with the Austin Independent School District (AISD) and nurses from Dell Children’s/AISD Health Services to help put on the Back to School Bash. The Back to School Bash is an initiative that provides school supplies and vaccinations to students at the start of the year.

Cross Texas Transmission’s support helped provide students and families with 3,000 free backpacks, basic school supplies, and vaccinations to kick off the start of the school year in 2016 and again in 2017.

“They have notebook paper, pens, and papers. The basic needs just to help the families who may not be able to purchase all those things by themselves, because it seems like the school supply list gets longer and longer every year.” – Beverly Reeves, AISD

COVID-19 and 2020

In response to the health, social, and economic impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Cross Texas Transmission has donated over $20,000 to local community support organizations including Caritas of Austin, an organization committed to ending homelessness and making Austin more vibrant for all.

“Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful gift from Cross Texas Transmission. I was so excited to see it come through yesterday. We are continuing to work every day getting Austinites experiencing homelessness off the streets. TO date, we have housed over 80 single people and families since the COVID-19 crisis started at the end of March. We are well on track to helping more people this year than in any previous year since we started in 1964! The only reason we can do this is our amazing community partners like Cross Texas Transmission.” – Troy Gilbert, Caritas of Austin

Cross Texas Transmission supports various other organizations in Central Texas, many of which our employees also personally support. Some of these include the Multiple Sclerosis Bike-a-Thon, Hospice Austin Christopher’s House, the Austin Ronald McDonald House, and Lifeworks.