IE Voice Staff | Contributor
Los Angeles, CA – SoCalGas is assisting those in its service area with a one-million-dollar donation to various nonprofit organizations. The donation will support the region’s workforce, feed the hungry and provide bill assistance to customers most impacted by the coronavirus.
“All of us at SoCalGas want to do everything we can to support our community during this crisis—especially workers who might be laid off, people going hungry, and those who just won’t be able to pay their gas bills without help,” said Bret Lane, SoCalGas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Adding, “By providing funding to several outstanding nonprofit organizations, we’re helping deliver critical services to help our neighbors who need it most.”
Among the organizations designated to received funding as a result of this donation is the Gas Assistance Fund, a program that helps income qualified SoCalGas customers pay their natural gas bill. According to Lane, seniors and those who have been laid off as a result of the coronavirus crisis will be prioritized.
Other organizations benefitting from SoCalGas Company’s generosity include the Orange County United Way, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles COVID-19 Fund, and Proteus, Inc., to provide education, job training, job placement, and other support services to farm working families and others in need in the San Joaquin Valley.
“The health, safety and wellness of SoCalGas customers and employees is foundational to the company,” shared Melissa Bailey SoCalGas Public Information Officer.
In addition to the temporary suspension of service disconnections and waiving of late fees for small businesses, SoCalGas is also taking precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. They include reminding employees to stay home if they are sick and encouraging work from home and other social distancing practices; implementing company travel, visitor, meeting and event restrictions; and implementing enhanced cleaning of SoCalGas facilities and personal hygiene practices.
Additional information about SoCalGas’ response to COVID-19 is available here.