Reading, PA – UGI Utilities, Inc. marked the 25th anniversary of its award-winning partnership with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) during a community birthday party Saturday at two branches of Reading Public Library, the Main Library on 100 South 5th Street and the Northeast Branch at 1348 North 11th Street.
Nearly 400 members of the community attended the two events. Elementary school age children received a free book, and all attendees were treated to a slice of birthday cake and an appearance by UGI’s costumed character, The Reading Wizard.
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 and helping with book distributions.
“UGI recognizes that early childhood literacy is a critical first step in workforce and economic development,” Robert F. Beard, president and CEO of UGI Utilities, Inc., 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 Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania, and serves approximately 680,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland.