Beyond providing award-winning utility services to the area, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is an active community partner through event sponsorships and employee volunteerism.
We partner with various schools to promote education outreach programs including presentations and career day events throughout the year.
Project SHARE Scholarship: Ten (10) $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to area high school seniors (including those from BISD). Coordinated with local high school counselors.
Financial Aid Night: We attend and participate with a booth and information about the BPUB SHARE Scholarship. Coordinated with local high school counselors.
Leo the Lineman: Leo teaches students (and adults) about staying safe around electricity. From October 2017 to date, BPUB has presented to over 4,435 students. Coordinated with individual campus counselors and educators.
Career on Wheels: BPUB linemen visit schools to teach students to about electrical safety. From October 2017 to date, BPUB has presented to 4,435 students. Coordinated with individual campus counselors.
Vello Reading Tutoring Program: BPUB employees tutor BISD elementary students in reading. Coordinated through the United Way of Southern Cameron County.
STEAM Panel: BPUB sends professional engineers, mechanics, information technologists and others to participate in the BISD Spring Career & Industry Forums at Porter, Veterans, Rivera and Pace Early College High Schools. BPUB professionals discuss their professions, day-to-day duties, classes needed, advice to those interested in the profession, student interest and aptitude needed for the position, colleges for this profession and pay ranges. Coordinated with BISD Career and Technical Education Dept.
Brownsville Scout Government Day: Local Girl and Boy Scout participants are able to come in and be “General Manager” for the day (or other BPUB professionals) and learn and report to the Brownsville City Commission on BPUB daily operations.
BPUB is present at city of Brownsville events, including the annual Hurricane Awareness Fair and National Night Out.
BPUB takes pride in its sponsorship and participation at events that celebrate local culture and traditions, including the annual Charro Days Parades, Christmas Parade and various events hosted by community partners.
BPUB employees also see the need to help their community on a more personal level. During November, BPUB partners with local organizations that provide Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. Employees are encouraged to “adopt an angel” and help collect gifts.
We are a community-owned utility, and our participation at these events helps us connect with our customers and answer any questions they may have.
BPUB takes pride in being a community-owned utility. We hold two community tours throughout the year where we focus on each part of the utility. Participants take a behind the scenes look at what it takes to deliver your electric and water/wastewater utilities.
To find out more about upcoming tours visit our community tours page and register for our next tour.