Linda Hipes was recently recognized for her work with Bethlehem House, which serves meals to those in need, according to a news release.

Southwestern Energy announced the 2012 winners of its annual SWN Community Hero Awards. Three employees were recognized for their work with nonprofit organizations in Arkansas — Hipes, Chris Duvall, and Stephen Loop. Hipes was recognized for her service in Conway.

The company recognizes up to 10 outstanding employees for their volunteer achievements with a qualifying nonprofit organization. In addition to honoring the employees, Southwestern Energy awards $2,000 grants to each of the qualifying nonprofit partners where the winning employees have dedicated their time.

"Throughout the year, Southwestern Energy Company employees can be found investing their own personal time with nonprofit organizations working to make a positive impact in their communities," said Southwestern Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Mueller. "The Community Hero Awards is our way of recognizing these valuable employees, while providing support to the organizations that make a difference in the areas in which we live and operate."

Nonprofit organizations in Southwestern’s major US markets were encouraged to work with Southwestern employees active in their organizations this year to complete and submit applications.

Linda participates in Bethlehem House’s daily outreach meal and a community meal once a month, both of which are open to anyone in need. She also served a leadership role in a fundraising tour of homes event.

Southwestern Energy Company is an independent energy company. More information can be found at www.swn.com.