AGL Resources gives back to the communities we live in and serve in two ways: through financial contributions made through the AGL Resources Private Foundation, and through hands-on employee volunteer efforts. Below is a summary of some recent employee volunteer activities in the communities that we call home.
AGL Resources' Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day
From Illinois to Georgia, from Tennessee to Texas, AGL Resources employees volunteered on Earth Day in 2013 to commit "acts of green." Nineteen activities were organized across the company. Here is a summary:
- Georgia: Atlanta Gas Light volunteers removed mounds of trash at the Atlanta Beltline, the site of future green space. The Atlanta Beltline has been adopted by Atlanta Gas Light and AGL Resources, and is being built on former railroad right-of-way that rings Atlanta.
- Illinois: Nicor Gas employee volunteers engaged children and the young at heart with interactive learning games and materials about energy efficiency at the Party for the Planet at the Brookfield Zoo. They also planted trees and cleared away buckthorn at Lake Katherine Nature Center in Palos Heights.
- Tennessee: Chattanooga Gas employee volunteers cleaned up debris along Olan Mills Drive in Chattanooga. The company also held its annual Earth Day recycling drive. Bins were set up at the office, and employees brought paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, plastic soft drink bottles and detergent bottles from home for recycling.
- Houston: Sequent Energy Management employee volunteers visited Boys & Girls Harbor, a home for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment to teach them about Earth Day and encouraged participation in sustainable environmental projects. Employees planted new drought-resistant shrubs along the walkway leading to the school in La Porte, Texas.
Nicor Gas & Pivotal Home Solutions Employees Energize Local Communities during 17th Annual Volunteer Day
In May, more than 500 employees from Nicor Gas, Pivotal Home Solutions and Nicor Enerchange, and their family members and friends came together to perform a variety of hands-on service activities to benefit local community organizations in 15 cities and towns across northern Illinois. Employee volunteers pitched in to complete 18 community service projects ranging from planting a community garden to replacing the turf grass and buckthorn with native grasses at a nature center.
Atlanta Gas Light Participates in Building of 19th Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Home
Atlanta Gas Light volunteers in partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity helped construct the first home in what will be an environmentally sustainable community in metropolitan Atlanta. The new home, located in Verbena Place, a subdivision in the northwest section of the city, was built at 134 Gaslight Lane, a tribute to AGL Resources Private Foundation whose generous donation of land was the inspiration behind the green-inspired neighborhood. Atlanta Gas Light has supported Atlanta Habitat for Humanity in 19 build projects since 2001.
Adventures in Reading with Nicor
Since the program's inception in 2006, Adventures in Reading with Nicor has enhanced reading programs at northern Illinois schools through its partnership with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), donated 25,000 books, and encouraged students to read nearly 200,000 books.
Employee volunteers organize and conduct book distributions, school assemblies, and parent and teacher training. Nicor's own superhero, Super Reader, also makes appearances to motivate children to read.
AGL Resources’ Companies Support March of Dimes for Babies Walk
In April 2013, more than 400 walkers representing AGL Resources, Atlanta Gas Light, Nicor Gas, Pivotal Home Solutions, Chattanooga Gas and Virginia Natural Gas participated in March of Dimes' March for Babies walks in the communities they serve to help save babies born prematurely who are in need of help getting started in life.
Virginia Natural Gas Employees Take the Plunge for Special Athletes
Virginia Natural Gas employees took a dip in the frigid Atlantic Ocean in support of the 21th Annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Through donations, the 2013 Polar Plunge raised a record $1.25 million for Special Olympics Virginia, with Virginia Natural Gas being one of the top fundraisers.
VNG volunteers also donated a great deal of their time as they spent hours setting up bleachers on the beach, erecting the Team VNG Tent and also making sure that all participants were safe during the plunge. Held the first weekend of February, this Virginia Beach event includes a Friday Night Beach Bash, a 5K run on Saturday morning, an awards banquet and, of course, a "plunge" into the Atlantic Ocean.
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