Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our customers, employees and communities we serve. Columbia Gas recently published their annual Giving Back report. The report highlights employee and company’s focus on volunteerism, safety, economic and workforce development, environmental stewardship, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) and energy education, basic needs and hardship assistance.
Last year, Columbia Gas and its employees donated more than $683,000 to over 200 individual charities and the United Way. The $683,000 includes the contribution of $178,300, representing employees’ personal income pledged to the United Way. “This is the thirteenth consecutive year that we increased donations for the United Way campaign. This is a true testament to our employees’ commitment to the communities in which they live and work,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Chief Operating Officer and President Mike Huwar.
Columbia Gas is also the local representative of its parent company’s charitable foundation, the NiSource Foundation. Nearly $75,000 in NiSource Foundation grants were distributed throughout Pennsylvania in 2019. Additional Foundation funds were donated to non-profits thanks to the Foundation’s employee volunteer match program, Dollars for Doers. Through Dollars for Doers, employees translated their community service into over $30,000 in donations to approximately 50 non-profits.
Last year, over 210 Columbia Gas employees, participated in over 70 different company organized volunteer events, totaling over 1,730 hours of volunteerism. In addition to company organized volunteer opportunities, 220 Columbia Gas employees self-reported participating in 75 volunteer projects during their personal time, benefiting local communities with an additional 430 hours of volunteerism.
For more information about Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania’s community support, including how non-profits within the natural gas utility’s service territory can apply for a grant, please visit our Giving Back section.