Supporting Economic & Business Development
The 500-plus diverse communities we serve face a myriad of challenges and issues.
One of our key priorities is to support community-based organizations that help the underserved and spur economic, community and business development – as these are essential to thriving neighborhoods. We collaborate with these groups because they understand and know how to address local challenges in their areas.
Community Outreach Efforts
- We partnered with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which worked with 80 to 100 community groups to distribute one-time grants of up to $100 to help needy SoCalGas® customers pay their gas bills through the Gas Assistance Fund. In 2014, the fund helped about 8,000 households facing financial hardship through shareholder, ratepayer, customer and employee donations.
- We sponsored Hispanas Organized for Political Equality's (HOPE) Latina History Day, which drew about 1,000 women to celebrate the achievements of Latinas. Attendees participated in forums on career advancement, current community issues and financial empowerment.
- We fund organizations that help veterans, including New Directions for Veterans and Soldiers’ Angels, and we teamed up with others to provide employment, philanthropic and volunteer opportunities for veterans.
- We provided funds for more than 400 bike helmets to promote child safety through the Anaheim Fire Department’s “Wear Your Helmet like a Pro” program.
- Each year, our employees donate thousands of hours to support the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, including its annual HomeWalk to end homelessness Los Angeles. Last year, 550+ employees helped raise a record $64,700, the largest amount of any team in the walk’s eight-year history.
Giving Back Through Our Employees
Our employees generously give their time, talent and money in neighborhoods where they live and work –individually and in teams. They spend their non-working hours helping a variety of worthy causes, ranging from Goodwill Southern California, which aids in education, training and job opportunities, to taking part in fundraisers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
We support and encourage these activities through the Sempra Energy Foundation, our parent company’s charitable giving arm; including:
- Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP). Employees can earn $10 an hour for volunteer service, up to 25 hours, which the foundation then turns into a grant of up to $250. SoCalGas employees volunteered a total of 8,080 hours in 2014 through the VIP.
- Matching Gifts Program. The foundation matches employee donations up to a specific amount to education, arts or cultural institutions. Last year, more than $1 million was matched to deserving establishments.
- Challenge Grant Program. Employees are encouraged to raise funds for health and human services organizations through challenge grants, and they donated $361,000, of which $220,000 was matched by the foundation.
- Season of Giving. Employees who volunteer with a charity during the holiday season can apply for a $1,000 or $2,500 grant for that organization. More than $217,000 in grants was given to 160-plus organizations in 2014.
- Sempra Energy Giving Network (SEGN). Employees can make donations to nonprofit groups via payroll deductions, either on a one-time basis, for a specific time period or perpetually. Sempra Energy employees donated nearly $630,000 to schools and organizations through payroll deductions.
Walks to Raise Awareness
SoCalGas employees joined together and participated as teams in several walks to raise funds and increase awareness for worthy causes. These included:
- AIDS Walk L.A.
- American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
- Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Great Strides
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Light the Night
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Walk Like MADD
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Walk MS
- New Directions - Walk for Warriors
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles - HomeWalk
A group of employees regularly prepares and serves meals to homeless and near-homeless individuals and families at the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles. In 2014, about 150 employees participated, which resulted in the organization receiving a $3,800 VIP grant. Employees raised $7,282 for the organization, with the foundation matching funds for a combined total of $14,564.