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Jackie Bavaro Giving Back during #GivingMonth at Martha’s Table

Last week, American Gas Association (AGA) staff members participated in the second week of Giving Month by contributing to Martha’s Table, a local DC nonprofit that provides families with a support system to help increase access to quality educational stewprograms and healthy food options.

To contribute to the mission of Martha’s Table, AGA staff was on site to help with food preparation and baking. Throughout the week, AGA made more than 150 muffins, 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and one very delicious fish stew.

AGA is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 16,000 volunteers each year that help Martha’s Table achieve its mission to support stronger children, families and communities in the DC area. For more than 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to provide families with a strong support system and positive educational opportunities by focusing on three areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating and Healthy Connections.

bakingIn 2015, Martha’s Table served more than one million meals, distributed free clothing and housewares to 10,000 neighbors in need and provided education to more than 200 children and young adults. This is an organization we are proud to support.

A heartwarming amount of time and energy has also been given throughout the year by our members. To take a look at AGA’s members’ activities during the holiday season, search #FuelingOurCommunities on Twitter and Facebook or let us know in the comments section below how you’ve been supporting those in need this year.

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Jackie Bavaro AGA Participates in Second Annual #GivingMonth

AGA is excited to launch our second annual Giving Month. In 2015, AGA Chairman Terry McCallister initiated an industry-wide effort designating December as a month to recognize and celebrate all that utilities do to give back to the communities they serve. This year, AGA will be #FuelingOurCommunities through the support of three organizations: Turning the Page, Martha’s Table and Comfort Cases.

This week, AGA staff will be donating books, CDs and DVDs to Turning the Page, a non-profit that links public schools, families and its community to help students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. Since 1998, the organization has engaged approximately 5,000 families, held more than 800 “Community Nights,” distributed more than 100,000 books, taken families on 75 Summer Learning Trips, and trained and supported more than 180 parents to become successful leaders and change makers in their community.

Next week, AGA staff will be on site at Martha’s Table to help with food preparation, as well as assisting families in shopping for healthy grocery options. The mission of Martha’s Table is to support stronger children, families and communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food options and a stronger family support system.

The week of Dec. 19, AGA staff will be assembling and providing items for Comfort Cases, a DC non-profit that provides foster children with backpacks filled with essential needs and comfort items, including toiletries and pajamas. Since its inception, Comfort Cases has donated more than 22,000 bags to children in the foster care system across six states and Washington, D.C. The goal is to reach more than 400,000 children in the foster system nationwide. Last year, Comfort Cases donated backpacks to over 7,000 children in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster care systems.

AGA is proud to give our time and resources to lift up our community in the Washington, D.C. area. In December and throughout the year, please use the hashtag #FuelingOurCommunities to highlight how your organization is giving back so we can help promote your good work on our social media channels and on the True Blue Natural Gas blog.

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Jackie Bavaro 2017 AGA Chairman Pierce Norton is Moving Natural Gas Forward

The December/January issue of American Gas magazine titled, “A Clear Path,” features AGA’s 2017 Chairman Pierce H. Norton II, president and CEO of ONE Gas Inc., and discusses his career and his mission to continue moving natural gas forward.

In 2014, after working for eight companies in eight different cities, Norton became the first president and CEO of ONE Gas, Inc., a natural gas utility based in Tulsa, OK, that provides distribution services to more than two million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Norton credits his hometown of Heflin, Alabama for providing him with the tools for success–both in his life and his career.


Pierce H. Norton II, President and CEO, ONE Gas Inc., and 2017 AGA Chairman

Throughout his career, Norton has put to work the values he internalized from his upbringing, which has shined through during his leadership at One Gas. The company and its employees focus on executing its inclusion strategy of becoming ONE—ONE in responsibility, ONE in value and ONE in the industry. Emphasizing all three is important to Norton and the management team. ONE Gas has been particularly active with United Way, supporting 67 different United Way agencies throughout its service territories. In 2015 alone, the company donated more than $1.4 million to the United Way in all of its territories, just part of the $2.2 million ONE Gas invested last year in the communities it serves.

A member of AGA’s board of directors for the past six years, Norton has spent the past year leading a strategic planning initiative for the industry. We are excited to work with Pierce and his team in 2017, and we know his experience and insight will help keep the industry on track and moving forward.

To read the full profile of Pierce Norton in American Gas, click here.

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Jackie Bavaro Utilities United Against Scams Campaign: #StopScams

This week, the American Gas Association, in coordination with a number of natural gas utilities and industry trade associations, have launched an inaugural campaign, titled “Utilities United Against Scams.” This collaborative effort is geared toward promoting awareness and prevention of the increasing number of scamming incidents targeting utility customers across North America. As a result of this effort, every year, the third Wednesday in November will be designated as Utilities United Against Scams Day.

This national campaign addresses the wide-range of utility scams including telephone, mail, email, door-to-door and other scams that involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding immediate payment or personal information from customers. Scammers often target those who are most vulnerable, including the elderly and non-native English speakers. However, with the right information, customers can learn to avoid and report these predatory scams.


Customers who believe they have been targeted by utility scammers should follow these tips:

  • Hang up the phone or close the door, and call your utility company’s verified direct phone number. You can find this number on your company’s website or on your utility bill.
  • Do not give the caller or visitor a prepaid card, such as a Green Dot card, a wire transfer, or any other form of payment that may be difficult to trace.
  • Ignore suspicious requests for personal information such as bank account numbers, user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers.
  • Delete any emails from utilities that are not your service provider.
  • Delete all suspicious emails that require immediate action to verify or demand personal information.
  • Contact your local police through the non-emergency telephone number, or your state attorney general’s office, or contact the Federal Trade Commission.

AGA is committed to promoting awareness of the increasingly sophisticated and complex nature of utility scams across the nation, ultimately helping to protect customers from this fraudulent activity. AGA member companies across the nation will continue to work alongside law enforcement, industry stakeholders and political leaders at the local and national level to denounce these disruptive scams.

Follow our Twitter and Facebook pages to participate in the Utilities United Against Scams campaign and use the hashtag #StopScams to join the conversation.

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