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Compassion to give back to the communities we serve flows through the heart and soul of Atmos Energy’s 4,700 employees. Whether it is reading to students, working with local food banks, or showing appreciation to our hometown heroes, our employees have always invested in the communities we call home.
The Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program focuses on three primary areas: students, community heroes and our most vulnerable neighbors.
Through our Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, in 2020 we:
Our employees take enormous pride in their commitment to fuel safe and thriving communities. During our annual Week of Giving campaign, employees across the enterprise pledged more than $875,000 in donations to benefit United Way, No Kid Hungry, and The Salvation Army. Further amplifying the impact of this tremendous financial support, the company matched all employee donations to double the vital resources crucial organizations use to enrich childhood literacy, provide nutritious meals, and offer a helping hand to our most vulnerable neighbors.
During Week of Giving, employees across the enterprise also participated in various activities to give back to communities where they work and live. Some employees participated in an online Back to School Drive that amassed school supplies for students at Mi Escuelita, a preschool network that develops English language vocabulary skills at 11 locations in the Dallas area. Other employees wrote thank you notes to health care heroes to express gratitude for their service and offer words of encouragement. These are just a couple of examples of how our employees support their communities.
To show our appreciation to all our frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis, ONE Gas initiated a program we called “Feeding the Frontlines”.
Working with local restaurants, ONE Gas donated $12,675.50 toward feeding 1,391 frontline workers.
Some of the organizations supported have included:
ONE Gas was able to provide much-appreciated meals to over 1,391 hardworking community heroes working the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. Not only are we helping support these deserving workers on the frontline, just like our employees, but we are also supporting our local economy by working with area restaurants that were extremely appreciative for the business.
Since 2017, Spire has provided all 3,600 employees across all of our service regions eight hours of paid time off to volunteer in their community with an organization or cause of their choice. This is known as their personal Day for Good. With operations in Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Wyoming, we’re committed to making a difference in the communities we serve.
Spire also operates a volunteerism campaign during the summer months, encouraging employees to use their Day for Good by providing pre-arranged volunteer opportunities with community partner organizations across the territories we serve. In 2020, Spire adjusted its volunteer program to ensure support for our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. While the pandemic provided many challenges, the organizing team laid out and implemented a clearly defined plan of action to meet its goals.
Due to coronavirus restrictions throughout 2020, many organizations did not offer volunteer opportunities, or the opportunities that were offered were limited to smaller groups to accommodate social distancing requirements. This made it challenging for many employees to find volunteer opportunities. To account for this, Spire placed an emphasis on identifying both virtual and safe in-person volunteer opportunities.
Activities varied from small groups participating in home-building events with Habitat for Humanity to individuals making cards at home for seniors in hospice care. Despite the challenges, year-over-year participation was nearly on par with previous years: 991 Spire employees completed 5,005 hours of volunteer service with 280 different organizations. This includes nearly 900 volunteer hours logged by senior leaders (approximately 100 directors, vice presidents and officers).