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Nicor Gas Foundation commits $100,000 in grants to advance social justice initiatives in South Holland

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NAPERVILLE, IL – October 17, 2023 – Today, the Nicor Gas Foundation announced a commitment of $100,000 to the Safer Foundation in South Holland, Ill., supporting their mission of rehabilitating individuals with arrest and convictions records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community.

With support from the Nicor Gas Foundation, the nonprofit will be able to help approximately 125 recipients with re-entry training, as well as career development and job placement support.

“At Nicor Gas, we are committed to advancing social justice initiatives that directly support communities heavily impacted by disproportionate levels of poverty, educational deficits and crime,” said Meena Beyers, vice president of Business & Community Development at Nicor Gas. “We are proud to support organizations like the Safer Foundation that are ensuring individuals receive a second chance, while reaching financial stability to support themselves and their families.”

Since 1972, the Safer Foundation has been committed to paving the road for individuals re-entering society after incarceration with stabilizing support, employment, education and advocacy that empower justice-involved individuals to achieve their true potential.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Nicor Gas Foundation,” said Sodiqa Williams, senior vice president of Reentry Services at the Safer Foundation. “When we receive financial commitments like this one, our team has the ability to empower more individuals in our communities with a fresh start, while working tirelessly to overcome the hurdles of the legal system, just as we have done for more than 50 years.”

Today, the nonprofit serves more than 5,300 clients annually. Headquartered in Chicago, the Safer Foundation is home to locations across the Chicagoland area and the Quad Cities.

To learn more about Nicor Gas’ commitment to the community, visit

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 2.3 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit

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 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit 

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