LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As cool winter
temperatures approach, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is
once again inviting its customers and employees to contribute to
its Gas Assistance Fund, a program that helps income-qualified
SoCalGas customers pay their natural gas bill with a one-time grant
of up to $100 per household. All
customer donations are matched by SoCalGas shareholders.
The fund, administered by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (United Way), helps
veterans, the elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income
families in need pay their natural gas bills so they can cook, have
hot water and heat their homes. Last year, SoCalGas' Gas Assistance
Fund received $374,995 and benefitted
more than 4,100 households. Since 1983, SoCalGas customers,
shareholders and employees have contributed over $19 million to the Gas Assistance Fund, helping
more than 230,000 individuals and families.
"Thanks to SoCalGas' generous customers and employees, we're
able to help our customers in need cook meals and keep their homes
warm during winter," said Sharon
Tomkins, vice president of strategy and engagement at
"No one in our community should have to choose between keeping
warm or other life's basic necessities like buying groceries,"
Elise Buik, president and CEO of
United Way. "We are grateful to those who have supported the Gas
Assistance program for the past 36 years."
Those who wish to contribute to the fund may do so online or by
mailing a check to: Gas Assistance Fund, File 56826, United Way
Inc., P.O. Box 746826, Los Angeles,
CA 90074-6826. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted
Those who wish to apply for a grant may do so by filling out an
application at a participating United Way partner agency between
Feb. 3rd and May 31st (or until the fund is
depleted). For additional program information, including a list of
partner agencies and income guidelines, click here.
In addition to the Gas Assistance Fund, SoCalGas offers other
programs and services that can help customers manage home energy
costs. Click here to learn more.
Headquartered in Los
Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas
distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable,
reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to
21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of
Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of
residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying
clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company's
pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to
Californians— about 45 percent of electric power
generated in the state comes from gas-fired power
SoCalGas' vision is to be the cleanest natural gas utility in
North America, delivering
affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In
support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20
percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable
natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste
created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants.
SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its natural gas system
infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers.
From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5
billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to
enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary
of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding
company based in San Diego. For more information
visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on
Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
About United Way Greater Los Angeles
United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit
organization fighting to end poverty by preparing students for high
school graduation, college, and the workforce, housing our homeless
neighbors, and guiding hard-working families towards economic
mobility. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and
works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all
sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For
visit UnitedWayLA.org and EveryoneInLA.com.
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SOURCE Southern California Gas Company