For over 100 years, Columbia Gas has worked to offer warmth and comfort to homes and businesses throughout Pennsylvania. Today, the company delivers natural gas to more than 450 individual communities in the Commonwealth – each with unique needs.
Columbia Gas encourages volunteerism both on and off company time. In 2018 alone, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania employees banked over 750 company-coordinated service hours – all in addition to what each employee may have done on his or her own.
The company also recognizes that it has something other organizations don’t: employees with specialized skills and equipment—and Columbia Gas’ leadership is always willing to consider ways these unique resources can be used to give back. Each September, Columbia Gas employees and its HVAC contractor partners spend a Saturday cleaning and tuning furnaces in the homes of the underprivileged, veterans, and those who are disabled.
In addition to sharing the time and talents of employees, Columbia Gas is committed to providing generous financial and in-kind contributions to diverse charitable causes, many of which focus on programs that help low-income families. On an annual basis, significant resources are designated for the Dollar Energy Fund, which provides utility assistance and other services to households that may be experiencing financial hardships.
Maintaining strong relationships with local first responders is also a priority. Columbia Gas hosts an annual safety school program that provides local volunteer fire department representatives with natural gas safety training at no cost. For the fire department’s time and participation, each organization also receives a $500 grant.
Additionally, for over five years, Columbia Gas has partnered with those fire departments to distribute thousands of Carbon Dioxide detectors to families across its service territory. Many Washington County homes have benefitted from the donation of these important, life-saving devices.
From coordinating blood drives to collecting “Angel Tree” donations during the holidays, it is Columbia Gas employees who are empowering these philanthropic efforts every step of the way. In 2018, the company raised more than $165,000 through its employee-driven United Way workplace campaign, leading the county in this initiative.
Fostering strong relationships is an important component of the company’s work, so much so, that several years ago Columbia Gas prioritized community engagement activities by creating the full-time Community Engagement Manager role, a position currently held by Sarah Perry. She remarks, “Customer service is a core component of our business, and our employees live in the communities that we serve. They look for and enjoy opportunities to give back to their communities and support causes that are close to them and their families.”
“Our employees give back through monetary contributions and volunteer hours with no expectation for recognition. I am humbled to work with such a dedicated, generous and compassionate group of people. This award belongs to them, and I am honored to accept it on their behalf,” said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President Mike Huwar.