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Nicor Gas provides more than $1.2 million in United Way grants in 2022

Company and employee donations benefit community partners throughout Northern Illinois

NAPERVILLE, IL. – January 4, 2023 – Nicor Gas, a top 25 corporate partner of United Way of Metro Chicago, and its employees have contributed more than $1.2 million to United Way chapters across its service territory. This funding is allocated to local affiliates, nonprofit partners and organizations in underserved communities to support food and energy insecurity, healthcare, education and housing initiatives for customers throughout the Nicor Gas footprint.

“Our partnership with United Way has continued for more than six decades, and from the beginning we shared a mutual interest of advancing the well-being and common good in the more than 650 communities we are proud to serve,” said Wendell Dallas, president and CEO of Nicor Gas, who also serves as a board member and 2022-2023 campaign chair for United Way of Metro Chicago. “As the largest natural gas provider in Illinois, it is our responsibility to do all we can to improve the lives of our customers and their families who need and rely on it most.”

The 2022 United Way contributions include employee donations of more than $225,000 and more than $1 million directly from Nicor Gas and the Nicor Gas Foundation. These grants will be spread across the 23 United Way chapters located in Nicor Gas’ Northern Illinois service area, with the largest being United Way of Metro Chicago.

"United Way brings together businesses, government, philanthropic, community and individual leaders, including our incredible donors. With the support of long-standing partners like Nicor Gas, we’re able to help our neighbors meet their basic needs and support our community partners' goals for equitable transformation in their neighborhoods," said Sean Garrett, president and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago.

With our corporate partnership dating back to 1954, Nicor Gas is committed to United Way's initiatives. Nicor Gas is also committed to investing in other organizations that deliver critical resources to continue charitable operations in service of those in need. To learn more about Nicor Gas' charitable giving and employee volunteerism, 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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