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Volunteer Day Projects to Energize Northern Illinois Communities

Volunteer Day Projects to Energize Northern Illinois Communities
Nineteen service projects will take place Saturday, May 20

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – May 18, 2017 – More than 450 Nicor Gas and Pivotal Home Solutions employees, their families and friends will volunteer in their local communities Saturday, May 20, doing everything from building a sustainable garden at a homeless shelter for veterans in Wheaton to stocking shelves at a food pantry in Rockford.

The 21st annual Volunteer Day consists of 19 service projects in northern Illinois communities. Volunteers will partner with community action agencies and nonprofit organizations to contribute 1,700 manpower hours in just one day. Since 1996, this event has occurred on the third Saturday of May and is one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer initiatives benefiting communities served by Nicor Gas.                                    

“Volunteer Day is one of the traditions we are most proud of at Nicor Gas,” said company president Melvin D. Williams. “To truly understand what it means to be citizens wherever we serve, you have to see all of our volunteers working shoulder to shoulder with our community partners. We like to say we are bigger than our bottom line; Volunteer Day is putting those words into action.”

Saturday’s activities include the following:

  • Landscaping at Mutual Ground in Aurora,
  • Construction of a new home with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity in Aurora,
  • Outdoor cleanup at the Salvation Army Food Pantry in DeKalb,
  • Building a sustainable garden for a Downers Grove area women’s shelter,
  • Building a sustainable garden at the Greater Elgin Food Pantry in Elgin,
  • Food sorting at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva,
  • Food sorting at Restoration Ministries in Harvey,
  • Tidying up and building garden boxes at Warren Sharpe Center in Joliet,
  • Planting and landscaping at the Conservation Foundation in Naperville,
  • Landscaping, gardening and painting at Marcfirst group homes in Normal,
  • Outdoor cleanup and painting for an Oak Park area women’s shelter,
  • Outdoor cleanup at Lake Katherine Nature Center in Palos Heights,
  • Food sorting at the Rock River Valley Food Pantry in Rockford,
  • Indoor painting at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful in Rockford,
  • Outdoor cleanup at Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland,
  • Planting and landscaping at the Warehouse Project in Summit,
  • Building a sustainable garden at Midwest Shelter for Homeless Vets in Wheaton,
  • Outdoor cleanup at Hearthstone Manor rehabilitative and nursing care facilities in Woodstock, and
  • Outdoor cleanup and food sorting at the Kendall County Food Pantry in Yorkville.

To learn more about Nicor Gas’ community involvement, visit https://nicorgas.com/community/community-involvement.


About Nicor Gas

Nicor Gas is one of seven 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 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million 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 Southern Company Gas at www.southerncompanygas.com.



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