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For 160 years Washington Gas has been distributing natural gas to customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. We bring natural gas to your home or business safely and reliably.

Employee Volunteerism

Year round, Washington Gas employees dedicate thousands of volunteer hours through company-sponsored projects that focus on health, education and the environment. From inspiring and preparing students in the District of Columbia to succeed in a global economy through Junior Achievement, to cleaning the shoreline at a historic Maryland waterfront park, to repairing the home of a less fortunate Virginia resident, we are dedicated to strengthening our community.

 
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Washington Gas employees volunteer at DC Central Kitchen.
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Some of the volunteer activities undertaken by our employees are featured below:

 

A Wider Circle – Jan. 2012; Maryland
For a second year in a row, volunteers came out to A Wider Circle. Nearly 45 employees, family members and friends unloaded donor vehicles, helped clients pick out home furnishing and load their vehicles, organized home accessories, repaired and steam-cleaned furniture and assembled shelving and unpacked cases of food items for a newly created food pantry area.

A Wider Circle provides basic need items to families transitioning out of shelters or simply living without life’s necessities. They furnish the homes of more than 1,000 children and adults every single month, all free of charge. They also go into low-income schools and shelters to lead educational workshops on topics ranging from healthy self-esteem and stress management to resume writing and financial planning.

Maryland Science Bowl – Jan. 2012; Maryland
On Jan. 14, 20 Washington Gas volunteers served as timekeepers, moderators and judges at the Maryland Science Bowl. The bowl is a highly visible educational event and academic competition where high school students compete in a verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions about all branches of science and math. Montgomery Blair High School won this year’s competition and will represent Maryland at the national competition this spring.

Washington Gas’ President Adrian Chapman made opening remarks at the end along with Judy Ackerman, Vice President and provost Montgomery College in Rockville. In addition, Washington Gas was a corporate sponsor of the event.

Toy Drives – Dec. 2011; D.C., Maryland & Virginia
Thanks to the generosity of employees and Accenture staff members, many area children found presents under their tree this past season. The annual Phil Alter Memorial Toy Drive was a great success due to the collaborative efforts of Washington Gas, the Teamsters Local 96 and OPEIU Local 2. The partners raised $2,500 to purchase gifts. Volunteers then delivered two truckloads of toys to Toys for Tots in the District. In addition, Northwest and Frederick employees donated 288 toys — including 7 bikes — to the Montgomery County Toys for Tots. Shenandoah Station employees and Teamsters Local 96 donated more than $1,000 and delivered items included bicycles, sports items, dolls, games and electronics. They were given to 44 children currently serviced through the Children’s Services of Virginia.

DC Central Kitchen – Dec. 2011; D.C.
On Dec. 6, 27 employees, family members and friends volunteered at DC Central Kitchen. Some of the volunteers peeled and chopped buckets of carrots, some peeled large quantities of potatoes and others worked at different stations packaging breakfast and lunch meals to be delivered to various organizations throughout the metro area. DC Central Kitchen serves at-risk individuals and operates a nationally recognized culinary job training program for former homeless adults.

Project Weatherization – Nov. 2011: Alexandria, Virginia
Fifty volunteers weatherized the homes of 60 low-income Virginia residents living in Arlandria Chirilagua Housing Cooperative during Project Weatherization. Tasks included weather-stripping and caulking doors and windows, replacing bathroom and kitchen sink aerators and placing plastic on windows. Washington Gas volunteers joined about 40 others during Rebuilding Together’s Energize Alexandria Day.

The morning kicked off with a media event where Rebuilding Together’s Executive Director, Katherine Medina, Alexandria’s Vice Mayor Kerry Donley and Washington Gas President Adrian Chapman talked about the energy savings achieved by residents as result of this event. Shenandoah Station employees also participated in the project and weatherized six homes belonging to seniors in the Winchester, Va., area.

Employee Giving Campaign – Nov. 2011
Team leaders announced that 204 employees participated in the 2011 Employee Giving Campaign and donated $146,341, an increase of $45,355 over last year’s donation.

One of the newest campaign initiatives was the engagement of Washington Gas Energy Systems and Services employees. In addition, by spotlighting of the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF), the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, created to provide energy assistance to Washington area residents experiencing financial hardship. This renewed focus allowed WAFF to garner the highest number of donations, 28, and the most pledged dollars, $6,871.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – Nov. 2011; Winchester, Virginia
The Shenandoah staff is small in number but gigantic in heart and organization. The staff recently wrapped up a resoundingly successful food drive that will help provide hot meals to 1,804 people in the Shenandoah area. The volunteers collected and donated 2,165 pounds of grocery items and fresh turkeys to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Teamsters Local 96 and Accenture supported the drive.

Girls on the Run – Nov. 2011; Virginia
At least 3,500 girls and their running mates got a good start on holiday fitness at the Girls on the Run (GOTR) 5K in Bristow, Va., on Nov. 20. Seventeen Washington Gas volunteers served as course marshals at the event. GOTR works with girls ages 8-14 and promotes self-esteem and healthy emotional and physical activities.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk – Oct. 2011; D.C.
Light The Night (LTN) fundraisers exceeded expectations and raised $29,000 of the record-breaking $84,200 Washington Gas donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this year. The fundraising total includes $45,000 raised at the third annual LTN golf tournament and a $10,000 corporate sponsorship. This year’s fundraising tops the company’s previous LTN donations by nearly $20,000. As a result, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society awarded Washington Gas as the top corporate team at the walk in the District of Columbia.

Special thanks go to Doug Staebler, Vice President - Operations, Engineering, Compliance and Safety, who has served as co-chairman of the three Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s LTN walks, which took place last month in the District; Rockville, Md.; and Reston, Va. Staebler helped the walk committee raise $1.7 million.

March of Dimes Knitting and Crocheting Drive – 2011
An unexpected success story — since January 2010, employee volunteers have knitted and donated more than 1,400 shawls, blankets and hats for babies in the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and their families at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Working in conjunction with the March of Dimes, more than 5,400 volunteer hours were donated on this very special and rewarding project.

9/11 National Day of Service: DC, Sept. 9, 2011
As Tropical Storm Lee dumped an overwhelming amount of rain in the area, 20 hardy Washington Gas volunteers braved the elements on the 9/11 National Day of Service to mulch, weed and remove brush from the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum. The Youth Garden provides a year-round environmental science and food education program for District families.

Washington Gas was a proud sponsor once again this year of HandsOn Greater DC Cares project whereby volunteers pay tribute to the victims, survivors, and heroes of 9/11 by engaging 10,000 volunteers in three days of service to others across the region. As part of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, our community will honor those touched by 9/11 by engaging in nearly 50 service projects at nonprofits, schools and community based organizations.

Cora Kelly School Supplies Drive: Summer 2011; Virginia
More than $5,500 was raised by employees and the Teamsters Local 96 gave $2,000 to purchase a bag of school supplies for 350 students at Cora Kelly Magnet School in Alexandria, Va. The team donated $1,000 worth of books to the school’s library, paid for Weekly Reader subscriptions for all students and teachers, and bought mathematical instructional materials for the teachers.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Golf Tournament
More than 110 employees and Washington Gas supporters and vendors raised $45,000 at the 3rd Annual Light the Night Golf Tournament on Aug. 29 at Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, Va.

Habitat for Humanity: Aug. 13; Virginia
A single mom and her children in Winchester, Va. will have a refurbished home later this year thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Washington Gas volunteers. Seventeen hard-working volunteers completed hanging drywall in 41/2 rooms in this home on a muggy day in August. This home is being renovated using green and sustainable materials to help the low-income homeowners have lower utility payments and energy consumption but increased environmental and health benefits.

Armed Forces Retirement Home: July 29, 2011; DC
Nearly 30 volunteers went to the Armed Forces Retirement Home on July 29 to help with casino night. Residents participated in a variety of casino-style games and volunteers registered participants, assisted with games, served snacks and drinks, monitored the games and visited with residents. One volunteer even entertained residents with impromptu show tunes and played Name That Tune with a veteran harmonica player.

YMCA Thingamajig: July 28, 2011; Maryland
Seventy-five Washington Gas volunteers helped keep 4,000 children busy at this year’s 17th Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention. This year’s event had the largest attendance ever and the theme, “Take Flight…Imagine, Explore, Soar,” inspired the children to stretch their minds and imagination. Employees judged inventions and creations and helped with a variety of activities.

The children also learned about natural gas safety and the personal protective equipment worn by employees in Safety and Field Operations

Shepherd’s Table: July 22, 2011; Maryland
Washington Gas sponsored another BRiGHTT Night (Businesses Respond in Gifts of Hope, Time and Talent) for the homeless at Shepherd’s Table on July 22. The company bought food for 90 guests and Summer team volunteers set the dinner tables, served and helped clean up.

Operation Homefront: July 16, 2011; DC
Seventeen volunteers joined Operation Homefront at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Summer Fest on July 16. The volunteers helped with set up and staffed activities that included a barbecue, music, raffle table, vendor booths and various games. The volunteers also visited with wounded servicemen and women recovering at the hospital. During the event, the Department of the Army presented Washington Gas with a certificate of appreciation that President Adrian Chapman accepted.

Bread for the City: July 9, 2011; DC
July 9 was no day at the beach for 20 Washington Gas volunteers who helped harvest 1,100 pounds of corn at Parker Farms in Colonial Beach, Va. Bread for the City will distribute the fresh corn to 800 families in the Washington metropolitan region.

Menare Foundation: June 25, 2011; Maryland
Each year during the last weekend of June, Montgomery County hosts heritage events at several of its historical sites. On June 25, Washington Gas volunteers helped with activities at the Button Farm Living History Center, which is being restored to represent an 1850s working plantation. Volunteers helped clean and spruce up the main house and grounds at the farm, set up displays and helped direct traffic.

The Menare Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad, uses the Button Farm as its headquarters. During the heritage festival, Menare’s founder, Tony Cohen, told festival goers about Washington Gas’ connection to the local Underground Railroad.

Special Olympics DC: May 24, 2011; DC
Thirty-two Washington Gas volunteers assisted with the Special Olympics DC Summer Games on May 24 at Catholic University. The volunteers helped set up games and provided staff support to the 900-plus athletes who competed.

Bike to Work Day: May 20, 2011; DC, Maryland and Virginia
Washington Gas employees joined employees throughout the area and biked to work on May 20. This year's event, coordinated by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, promoted bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to commute. Members of the company's new fitness core team met cyclists at Springfield and handed out refreshments and water bottles promoting the fitness initiative.

Girls on the Run: May 15, 2011; Virginia
The New Balance Girls on the Run 5K drew 3,500 young runners and running mates to George Mason University's main campus in Fairfax, Va., on Sunday, May 15. Girls ages 8 to 13 trained for 10 weeks then ran 3.1 miles with family and friends. Twenty-six Washington Gas volunteers served as marshals at different stations along the race course. The marshals maintained safety and provided other support.

Audubon Naturalist Society: May 1, 2011, Maryland
On May 1, thirteen volunteers assisted with set-up and staffed stations where children learned about reptiles, owls, birds and rock wall climbing at the Audubon Naturalist Society's Nature Fair. Washington Gas also was a corporate sponsor of the event.

Anacostia Watershed Society: April 2, 2011; Maryland
More than 25 Washington Gas volunteers picked up trash along the Anacostia River in Bladensburg, Md., in conjunction with 325 other volunteers. More than 290 bags of trash and recyclables and 185 tires, equaling 12,100 pounds, were recovered from the river and park. Simultaneously occurring were 25 other trash pick-ups at sites throughout the District and Maryland and all were coordinated by the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Junior Achievement Activities: Spring 2011; DC, Maryland and Virginia
Washington Gas hosted its most successful ever chili cook-off and raffle on March 8 and raised $4,600 for Junior Achievement. Once again, newscaster Leon Harris served as a guest judge at the contest and featured a segment about the event on WJLA Channel 7's evening broadcast.

Washington Gas adopted Timber Lane School for Junior Achievement in a Day. The day's lessons were designed to help teach students in kindergarten through sixth grade the basic principles of financial literacy, economics and work readiness. Sixty Washington Gas volunteers assumed the role of teacher or assistant. As an added bonus, SOC Operations and Compliance staff members taught the children about natural gas safety during recess.

Washington Gas wrapped up its Junior Achievement (JA) fundraising season this month with an employee fundraising donation and corporate sponsorship exceeding $41,000 to help fund educational programs for local children. JA fundraisers and volunteers celebrated the season's end at an annual Bowl-A-Thon that drew 125 employees, family members and friends on April 2.