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UGI Marks 25th Anniversary of Child Literacy Partnership During National Volunteer Week

11 Apr 2016

Reading, PA – UGI Utilities, Inc. will mark the 25th anniversary of its award-winning partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) during National Volunteer Week beginning Sunday, April 10.

The UGI-RIF partnership encourages early childhood literacy by providing free books to first-grade students throughout UGI’s service area. Over the past 25 years, UGI has distributed over 1.2 million books to more than 400,000 students. UGI employees have provided over 15,000 hours of volunteer service reading to children, helping with book distributions, and appearing as UGI’s costumed character, The Reading Wizard.

UGI will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UGI-RIF partnership with special birthday parties at two branches of the Reading Public Library on Saturday, April 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The events will be held at the Main Library on 100 South 5th Street and the Northeast Branch at 1348 North 11th Street. Families are invited to attend the event, and elementary school age children will receive a free book while supplies last. The Reading Wizard will attend the celebration. Bilingual books will be available.

During National Volunteer Week, UGI also will recognize employees who have volunteered for nonprofit organizations such as United Way, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Meals on Wheels, local food banks and many other local and regional initiatives.  More than 625 UGI employees contributed over 48,300 hours of volunteer service during 2015.  These employee volunteer efforts helped to ensure the vitality and well-being of the many communities across the UGI service territory.

“The number of employees who volunteered time to assist our communities, as well as the number of hours donated to deliver critical services to our neighbors in need, both substantially increased over the past year,” Robert F. Beard, UGI president and CEO, said.

Mr. Beard made special note of UGI’s long-standing partnership with Reading Is Fundamental.

“UGI recognizes that early childhood literacy is a critical first step in workforce and economic development,” he said.  “Our 25-year partnership with RIF is a testament to our commitment to support the vitality of the communities we serve and ensure their success in the future.”

UGI will include highlights and special posts about our National Volunteer Week efforts through social media channels including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ugiutilities), Twitter (@ugi_utilities), as well as the UGI blog, “UGI Connection,” (http://blog.ugi.com).

Further information about UGI’s community relations programs in the greater Reading area and Lehigh Valley is available from Tracey Ciesnolevicz at (610) 796.5979.

UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, and serves approximately 680,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland.