NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Aug. 28, 2018 – Nicor Gas has made a two-year commitment to two local Habitat for Humanity affiliates that will help build the homes for families in the DuPage and Fox Valley areas. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with people of all faiths and races to develop communities for people in need by building and renovating houses to create home ownership opportunities. Habitat’s fundamental premise is to help others by providing a hand up, not a handout.
Under the giving pillar of Community Enrichment, Nicor Gas will provide $60,000 to the two Habitat for Humanity affiliates, as well as provide volunteers throughout the summer at sites managed by Fox Valley and DuPage Habitat for Humanity affiliates. By the time the sawdust settles in 2018, 156 Nicor Gas employees will have volunteered 624 hours at 13 Habitat for Humanity builds.
“This is an exciting employee engagement opportunity for Nicor Gas to change the lives of families in the communities where we serve and where many of us live and work,” said Mark Knox, Nicor Gas director of forecasting, who also serves on the board of Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Nicor Gas employees helped construction efforts at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity’s first ADA-compliant home in Aurora for a family with a disabled son. They also helped frame walls for DuPage Habitat for Humanity’s townhome development in Hanover Park.
Nicor Gas’ commitment to Habitat for Humanity will continue in 2019 with more opportunities for employees to volunteer their time and efforts to help build homes.
“Nicor Gas is not simply building a house or giving money to a local nonprofit,” said Christopher Schindler, executive coordinator at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Nicor Gas is changing the lives of families in need, for the better, forever.”
To learn more about Nicor Gas and volunteerism, please visit www.nicorgas.com/community/customer-focus.html.
About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 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 Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states and 774,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit www.southerncompanygas.com.
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