Reading, PA (December 23, 2013) – UGI Utilities, Inc., conducted a number of community fundraising and gift collection activities across its service territories to assist those in need during this holiday season. UGI partnered with a number of organizations across the Company service territory including various Salvation Army Chapters, the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign, Central PA Food Bank, Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown, Volunteer Center of Lehigh Valley (Holiday Hope Chest), Children’s Home of Easton (Christmas Present Project run by WAEB AM 790) and Berks Encore (Berks County Meals on Wheels “Stuff the Cooler” program).
Contributions and volunteer efforts this holiday season include the following in the UGI service territory:
- UGI Utilities – Gas Division employees donated more than 250 gifts for children in the Greater Berks, Lehigh Valley, Lancaster and Harrisburg areas through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program; donated more than $1,400 to the Salvation Army to distribute to families in need this season; donated new and used coats to children in need through the Coats for Kids program; and UGI volunteers manned Salvation Army red kettles, totaling nearly 90 hours of bell ringing.
- UGI Penn Natural Gas, UGI Electric Division and UGI Central Penn Gas employees visited more than 90 children at the Shickshinny, Lehman, West Scranton and Williamsport Head Start centers in the PNG and Electric Division service areas, bringing more than $2,200 worth of gifts, as well as a visit from Santa. In addition, UGI’s Williamsport office donated more than $400 in gifts to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.
- In addition to volunteer efforts, more than $3,000 in funds were raised across the UGI service area to help community based organizations including gift card collections, cookie sales and food drives to benefit organizations including the Central PA Food Bank in Harrisburg, Salvation Army in Lock Haven and Berks Encore’s Meals on Wheels program in Berks County.
- In mid-December, UGI employees commenced their annual contributions to the UGI Operation Share Fuel Fund for the 2014 season. Operation Share provides funds to low and fixed-income consumers experiencing difficulty paying their utility bill. In 2013, employees donated nearly $9,000 to the fund. Along with Corporate donations from UGI Utilities and the generous donations of customers and suppliers, the Operation Share program helped 2,142 families stay warm in 2013.
“UGI Utilities is committed to partnering with organizations in the communities we serve, especially during the holiday season,” said Keith Dorman, Director of Communications and Community Relations at UGI Utilities. “We are proud of our dedicated UGI employees who volunteer and raise funds for critical community-based programs.”
UGI Utilities’ headquarters is located in Reading, Pennsylvania. The utility serves more than 660,000 natural gas and electric customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania. Additional information about UGI is available at www.ugi.com; on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities; or UGI’s blog, “UGI Connection”: http://blog.ugi.com.