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a blog from UGI Utilities, Inc.

December Featured Community Organization: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

CPYB Logo 300 300x125 - December Featured Community Organization: Central Pennsylvania Youth BalletUGI’s community efforts aim to improve educational opportunities and encourage the development of the many children throughout the communities we serve. UGI is pleased to support and partner with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), our Featured Community Organization for December, in its mission to educate, inspire, and enrich the lives of young people throughout the Central PA area.

Not every child will have the interest or ability to pursue the intense training a career in ballet demands, however every child deserves the chance to experience ballet and explore dance is the thinking at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Through several outreach programs, CPYB strives to enrich children’s lives through introductions to dance, classical music, and theatre. Each year, hundreds of students from schools in the Central PA region participate in these enriching and educational experiences.

Program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet include:

  • Capture - December Featured Community Organization: Central Pennsylvania Youth BalletDiscoverDance a four-tiered program providing children of all socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to see a performance, take a class and have the opportunity to pursue formal training in CYPB’s academic program.
  • School Day Performance Programs invite teachers and their students to specially priced matinee performances that will expand students’ cultural horizons through the art of classical ballet.
  • School Assemblies allow CYPB to demonstrate the beauty of ballet to young people through innovative education programs.

This holiday season, we encourage our customers in the Central PA area to join us in supporting the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet outreach programs by attending their production of the time-honored holiday classic George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” performed by CPYB’s talented dancers.

For more information about the production or the CPYB, visit https://www.cpyb.org.

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Give & Get Sweepstakes: Enter to Win $250 this Giving Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! A time to come together to celebrate our family, friends, and the many things we’re thankful for. It’s also the time when many of us look for ways to give back to our communities and those in need.

To celebrate this wonderful time of year, UGI is giving away $250 to one lucky winner along with $500 to the charitable organization of their choice during our Give & Get Sweepstakes! To enter, click the link below to fill out our short form with the organization you’d like to nominate along with a brief description of why you’ve chosen that organization. Additionally, we’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card each week to one lucky winner who has been randomly chosen from our entries.

Click to enter UGI’s 2017 Give & Get Sweepstakes

Be sure to follow along with us on Facebook to keep up with our weekly prize drawings and learn more about the community organizations UGI supports throughout the year.

UGI’s 2017 Give & Get Sweepstakes is open now until Janaury 12, 2018 at 11:59pm. A grand prize winner will be selected and notified on or around January 12, 2018. The sweepstakes are open to residents in Pennsylvania and Maryland and all participants must be 18 years of age or older. Please click here to view our terms and conditions.

 

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Downtown Harrisburg Churches Get UGI Energy Rebates

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UGI’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation program supports Harrisburg churches’ high-efficiency boilers.

UGI recently presented energy rebate checks totaling $10,000 to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on State Street in Harrisburg and nearby St. Lawrence Chapel as part of its Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) program. UGI’s EE&C program provides financial incentives for customers to install energy-efficient appliances and equipment.

According to UGI Energy Efficiency analyst, Joe Nunley, EE&C rebates help non-profit organizations direct more of their funds to their causes. These rebates encouraged the two churches to install new high-efficiency commercial boilers that will generate an estimated total annual cost savings of nearly $7,000, enabling them to pay for their new furnaces a full year and a half sooner than if they had done the projects without rebate help.

St. Patrick’s Rev. Joshua Brommer said UGI’s EE&C program “gave us an incentive to explore a more responsible use of energy that both safeguards natural resources and exercises good stewardship of parish funds. We are so grateful to UGI staff for their direction and guidance in exploring this option for our parish.”

For more information about UGI’s Save Smart Energy Efficiency and Conservation program, as well as how to apply for a rebate for your business, visit www.ugi.com/commgasrebates.

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November Little Reader Pick: The Polar Bear Son, an Inuit Tale

nov little reader - November Little Reader Pick: The Polar Bear Son, an Inuit TaleNovember is Native American Heritage and Alaska Native Heritage Month! To celebrate, UGI has chosen The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale, written and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich.

This story tells a tale of a lonely old woman who adopts, cares for, and raises a polar bear as if he were her own son. When jealous villagers threaten the bear’s life, forcing him to leave his home and his “mother,” this heartwarming retelling of a traditional Inuit folktale will captivate an audience of all ages.

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At UGI Utilities, we are deeply committed to children’s literacy.  Studies have shown that children who are not reading at grade level by third grade will experience significant difficulties throughout their lives. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s business and government leaders, employees and customers.

Check back each month for new Little Reader picks and follow @UGIReads on Twitter for more book selections, author quotes, and tips and tricks to help your own little reader. Have a suggestion for a Little Reader Pick? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

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November Featured Community Organization: CONTACT Helpline

211 300x158 - November Featured Community Organization: CONTACT HelplineAs the cold winter approaches, there are people in the community with questions about where they can go to find warm food, shelter, heating fuel resources, and more. In recognition of these needs, our Featured Community Organization for November is CONTACT Helpline.

CONTACT Helpline is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week, listening, health and human service information and referral service, providing information to the Pennsylvania communities of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Perry and York counties.

Callers reach out to talk about family issues, concern with community problems, work difficulties and to talk about their day.  Active listening is the core skilled used by all the Helpline Specialists working all helplines. CONTACT is considered the “Gateway to Human Services” and maintains the most comprehensive listing of human services available to residents. Examples of reasons to call include rent payment assistance, heating fuel resources, counseling, drug and alcohol concerns, food and shelter.

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UGI was recently a gold sponsor and made a cash donation for the organization to purchase items for the silent auction at the “Save a Life” Gala Fundraiser to benefit CONTACT Helpline.

CONTACT maintains a data library of thousands of referral agencies, organizations, and programs. Finding information to assist with a basic need can be extremely challenging, but CONTACT has made it much easier, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the online data library at https://pa211.communityos.org for assistance.

UGI is proud to support CONTACT Helpline to help it expand and improve their services to the community. For more information, visit www.contacthelpline.org or www.ugi.com/featuredorg.

 

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October Little Reader Pick: Curious George and the Firefighters

oct little reader - October Little Reader Pick: Curious George and the FirefightersOctober 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week, a week to teach children how to prevent fires and what to do in a situation when a fire occurs. In honor of this, UGI makes Curious George and the Firefighters, by Margret and H.A. Rey and Anna Grossnickle Hines, the Little Readers Pick of the month.

A “feel good” book about a silly monkey helps children learn how to keep calm when a fire occurs, and shows a glimpse at what actually happens at a fire station. Curious George has been a fan favorite for many years, and the tales of this curious monkey help inform young readers about handling situations they are not used to, while using a fun and familiar face.

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At UGI Utilities, we are deeply committed to children’s literacy.  Studies have shown that children who are not reading at grade level by third grade will experience significant difficulties throughout their lives. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s business and government leaders, employees and customers.

Check back each month for new Little Reader picks and follow @UGIReads on Twitter for more book selections, author quotes, and tips and tricks to help your own little reader. Have a suggestion for a Little Reader Pick? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

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Caption This! Enter to Win a NEST Wi-Fi Thermostat

October is Energy Awareness Month, a time designated to bringing awareness to energy- and water-saving resources as well as what we can to do reduce our energy usage. In honor of this important initiative, UGI Save Smart is launching a Caption This! photo contest for your chance to win a NEST Wi-Fi Thermostat on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UGIUtilities) to help you start saving energy and money. Now’s the time to test your creativity skills by submitting your most original caption for our Halloween photo (below) and you could be on your way to saving your home energy and money.

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Here are the rules:

  1. Only 1 caption per post. The Caption This! photo will be the same photo each time and will be posted 3 times including the launch post. You may enter on each post but only once.
  2. All captions must be posted on the Caption This! photo post. We will be sharing energy saving tips in between the photo posts. Please go back to our photo posts to enter.
  3. The contest will start on Tuesday October 17th. The last chance to enter will be by Tueday October 24rd at 11:59 PM.
  4. By entering this contest, you agree to the full Terms and Conditions. Please read full Terms and Conditions by clicking here.
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October Featured Community Organization: Dress for Success

DressforSuccessLogo 300x169 - October Featured Community Organization: Dress for SuccessUGI is proud to support women in the workplace and help them to develop the skills necessary to be successful. That’s why this month we’re highlighting Dress for Success as the Featured Community Organization for October.

Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization, with affiliate locations throughout the UGI Service Territory, that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

By donating or volunteering, community members can support Dress for Success to empower women on their path to financial independence. Donations can include clothing, such as new or gently used suits or business apparel, shoes, and accessories. As a volunteer, women can learn and develop new skills, make connections, improve their resumes, and build their confidence.

Dress for Success is focused on more than just an outfit; they envision a world where women do not live in poverty, are treated with dignity and respect, and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

To find a Dress for Success affiliate near you, please visit www.dressforsuccess.org.

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UGI Helps Power Zapp’s Chips Northeastern PA Expansion

Zapps 208x300 - UGI Helps Power Zapp’s Chips Northeastern PA ExpansionNatural gas powers more than just your home’s heating and cooling appliances.

Zapp’s Potato Chips, with assistance from UGI, recently expanded its manufacturing operations in Luzerne County, increasing production capacity by 20 percent.

A division of Utz Quality Foods, Zapp’s plant in the Hanover Industrial Estates opened in 2010 to accommodate a growing market in the northeastern United States.

“This was an ideal location, and we had convenient access to gas, electric and water,” Plant Manager Barry Wiggins said. “UGI has been awesome to worth with. They upgraded our meter and regulator and worked with us to change our contract.”

The Zapp’s expansion is just one of several projects involving UGI in the Hanover Industrial Estates. UGI previously worked with Nardone Bros. as the company expanded its pizza operation, and with Chewy.com, which is building a new distribution center for pet supplies.

To learn more about the benefits of powering your business with natural gas, visit www.ugi.com/switchmybusiness.

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September Little Reader Pick: A Day’s Work

sept little reader 300x265 - September Little Reader Pick: A Day's WorkIn honor of Labor Day, UGI’s Little Reader Pick of the Month for September is A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting.

This book tells a story of a child named Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, who helps his grandfather find work as a gardener; however, they find trouble as his grandfather does not speak English and knows nothing about gardening. Readers will get a glimpse into modern immigration and labor, and the message teaches children the importance of hard work, integrity, honesty, and equal treatment for everyone.

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At UGI Utilities, we are deeply committed to children’s literacy.  Studies have shown that children who are not reading at grade level by third grade will experience significant difficulties throughout their lives. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s business and government leaders, employees and customers.

Check back each month for new Little Reader picks and follow @UGIReads on Twitter for more book selections, author quotes, and tips and tricks to help your own little reader. Have a suggestion for a Little Reader Pick? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

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