Nicor Gas commits support to United Way Neighborhood Network in West Chicago
August 19, 2014
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Aug. 19, 2014 – Nicor Gas announced today it will donate $300,000 over the next three years to support United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network in West Chicago. This unique investment allows Nicor Gas to further its support of community enrichment and economic and workforce development initiatives in northern Illinois communities.
Nicor Gas’ investment in the second United Way Neighborhood Network – and the agency’s first in the suburbs – will help accelerate expansion of the Networks to 10 by 2020. It also continues the company’s long tradition of support for United Way, which began in 1954.
“For 60 years, we have taken great pride in our relationship with United Way – its mission aligns with our core values, specifically our commitment to helping meet the needs of the communities we serve,” said Beth Reese, president, Nicor Gas. “It’s through these partnerships and efforts to bring to life the Neighborhood Network model that we see the real results of the investment we have made and will continue to make in northern Illinois communities.”
An innovative approach to community solutions that concentrates and integrates services within a community in a central hub, Neighborhood Networks are United Way-led coalitions of community partners providing resources in education, income and health to serve the shared goals of the community. In West Chicago, United Way is working with WeGo Together for Kids, Metropolitan Family Services and other partners to address educational success, expand services in counseling and mental health and address high rates of childhood obesity. The Nicor Gas grant will be used to build and expand services, including parent-mentors assisting in the classroom, counseling for students and their families, healthy lifestyle classes, tax assistance and English as a second language instruction.
“This partnership is an integral part of transforming lives in West Chicago, and in other neighborhoods across the region,” said Wendy DuBoe, president and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. “Nicor Gas is a tremendous partner, and this contribution demonstrates great vision on their part, but with very tangible and lasting results.”
The first LIVE UNITED Neighborhood Network was launched in February 2013, in the Brighton Park community of Chicago.
About United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
United Way advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on the three key building blocks for strong families and healthy communities: Education, Income and Health. LIVE UNITED 2020 is United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s community-impact plan, focused on channeling education, income and health resources into 58 communities of greatest need.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.