Category Archives: Giving Month 2015

Lisa O'Leary #FuelingOurCommunities: So Others Might Eat (SOME)

IMG_5607Over the holidays, the American Gas Association (AGA) launched an industry-wide giving effort by designating December 2015 as Giving Month, encouraging its staff and natural gas members to volunteer time and make donations to charities in need.

The response was incredible, with support given to numerous nonprofits and local community partners across the country, including hunger relief organizations, military retirement communities, winter coat and toy drives for children, and laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

AGABecause of the great feedback and interest from AGA staff to continue this effort in Washington, D.C., monthly volunteer opportunities have continued at So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that assists the poor and homeless by serving meals to those in need in the area. Here are some of the things AGA staff have shared about their experiences thus far:

“Truly a wonderful experience – the folks that run SOME are really professional, caring and friendly people who make all feel welcome.”

“SOME is at the intersection of humanity where good comes to the assistance of need.”

“Volunteering at SOME is a wonderful opportunity to give a little of ourselves to those that are less fortunate.”

Sign outsideIn addition to feeding nearly 200 people each day, SOME offers services to help break the cycle of homelessness, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.

AGA is grateful for the opportunity to continue to volunteer with SOME and looks forward to helping to serve hundreds of meals throughout the year. To look back on AGA’s members’ activities during the holiday season search #FuelingOurCommunities on Twitter.

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Jake Rubin #GivingMonth Recap: Delivering Warmth and Cheer

We have come to the end of the American Gas Association’s inaugural Giving Month. Throughout December, our members joined local community partners and nonprofit organizations in a number of charitable efforts to help fuel their communities by giving their time and resources to those in need.

A heartwarming amount of time and energy was given to a wide range of volunteer activities, which included: helping pack and prepare meals for hunger relief organizations, Cemeterysorting and wrapping toys for local children in need, donating to holiday gift drives, providing coats for children that need them this winter and laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s fallen soldiers, to name a few.

“With winter weather and the holiday season, our community-based outreach at this time of year can particularly bring warmth and cheer to customers in need,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric, an Exelon Company. gifts“We’re proud to be included in AGA’s campaign to help raise awareness of the contributions of natural gas companies and our employees.”

AGA is proud of the community spirit of our members, their staffs and volunteers and the dedication that went into a successful Giving Month campaign. In communities throughout the nation, natural gas utilities are helping to provide not only solutions for home energy needs but also a warm and happy holiday season. Thank you for your continued hard work and we look forward to what we can accomplish together in the year ahead.

To learn more about our members’ activities during Giving Month, visit our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Jake Rubin #GivingMonth: National Center for Children and Families

Earlier this week, AGA staff dropped off toys, dolls, puzzles, games, clothes, scarves, hats, gloves and other items at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth and their families.

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Current NCCF program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families.

AGA’s Lisa Davenport and NCCF’s Jermaine Lemons

This December is the American Gas Association’s Giving Month and we have been highlighting the efforts by our members on this blog and on our social media channels. AGA employees have volunteered during meal service throughout this week at So Others Might Eat (SOME) which serves hot breakfast and lunch to hungry men, women and children every day of the year. We also donated clothing, toiletries, baseball caps, sweaters, gloves, hats, holiday decorations, music, videos and more to the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, a premier retirement community for America’s military veterans offering modern facilities, dynamic activities, healthy meals, wellness programs, advanced care, and much more in Washington, DC.

Natural gas utilities are members of the communities they serve. In addition to delivering natural gas safely and reliably to their neighbors, family and friends, they support their communities by giving their time and resources to organizations that are helping others thrive. Following their example, the American Gas Association is proud to give our time and resources to lift up our community in the Washington, DC area and we are grateful for the participation of these organizations, their staffs and volunteers that helped make Giving Month possible.

We hope you have a warm and happy holiday season.

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Jake Rubin #GivingMonth: AGA is proud to support the Armed Forces Retirement Home

 

 

We owe so much to the men and women that have valiantly served our nation in uniform. The American Gas Association is proud to support the Armed Forces Retirement Home as part of “Giving Month” – an effort this December to highlight the giving spirit of natural gas utilities throughout the country and support organizations in our community.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) provides residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the US Armed Forces. The origins of the AFRH go back to the 19th century and thousands of former US military service members have enjoyed a safe and secure retirement there. A premier retirement community for America’s military veterans, AFRH offers modern facilities, dynamic activities, healthy meals, wellness programs, advanced care, and much more at two communities in Gulfport, MS and Washington, DC.

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AGA collected 8 boxes of donated items for the Armed Forces Retirement Home

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AGA employees also donated more that $600 to help retired and former members of the US Armed Forces.

AGA employees donated clothing, toiletries, baseball caps, sweaters, gloves, hats, holiday decorations, music, videos and more to the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. We are honored and excited to help our veterans celebrate this holiday season.

AGA also participates in an initiative to help connect military veterans with energy jobs. The Utility Industry Workforce Initiative is a partnership between key government agencies and leading energy trade associations. This multi-year effort is dedicated to facilitating the recruitment, training and retention of exiting service members, veterans and their spouses into employment in the utility industry.

In addition, AGA staff will be volunteering time and making donations to So Others Might Eat and the National Center for Children and Families as part of Giving Month. We will also highlight the efforts underway by our members on this blog and on our social media channels using the hashtags #GivingMonth and #FuelingOurCommunities.

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