Children’s Book Drive Highlights National Volunteer Week
(April 10, 2011) – UGI Utilities, Inc., and the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF™) children’s literacy organization are engaged in a series of events this year to commemorate the anniversary of their unique and successful motivational reading partnership.
As part of the celebration, UGI, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, which begins today and continues through Saturday, is holding a book drive throughout its 45-county Pennsylvania service area.
Books collected from employees will be donated to local children’s programs in UGI’s northern,
central and eastern Pennsylvania service territories. “This effort reflects UGI’s two-decade commitment to youth literacy and educational improvement,’’ said John L. Walsh, President and CEO – UGI Utilities, Inc. “Books open new worlds of knowledge for youngsters while enriching their lives and helping them develop vital language skills. The more children read, the more they learn.’’
Earlier this year, UGI held a special RIF book distribution for state legislators in the Pennsylvania
Capitol Rotunda and hosted a ceremony at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading.
Henry Winkler, actor, author and children’s advocate, served as guest speaker.
These activities are among many UGI employee volunteer initiatives through the year. During National Volunteer Week, UGI recognizes employees who are involved in community and education activities during the previous year.
Historically, approximately 1/3 of UGI’s nearly 1,400 employees devote tens of thousands of
hours to community and education volunteer service, including the partnership with RIF. UGI strongly supports hundreds of organizations including the United Way, the American Cancer
Society, Easter Seal Society and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
UGI is a natural gas and electric utility company that serves nearly 630,000 customers.