UGI recognizes employees and gives back during National Volunteer Week
UGI Utilities, Inc. will recognize the dedication to volunteerism of its employees and will conduct a number of community service activities during National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 17 to April 23, 2022.
In 2021, more than 500 UGI employees provided more than 40,000 volunteer hours to local, regional and national initiatives. The company continued its long-established and successful programs that promote successful education for our youth, meet essential community service needs, promote environmental stewardship, and support home safety and emergency preparedness. emergency.
UGI’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves across Pennsylvania has not changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where volunteering was possible, UGI employees did so safely and effectively. If in-person assistance was not possible, UGI helped raise essential funds, organized campaigns to collect needed items or participated in virtual meetings, presentations and other events.
The past year marked the 30and anniversary of the UGI-Reading Is Fundamental partnership for the promotion of early childhood literacy. Since 1991, UGI has distributed more than 1.5 million books to more than 500,000 first graders in Pennsylvania schools. UGI employees have donated over 20,000 hours to help instill a love of reading. IGU’s ongoing commitment to youth literacy is rooted in studies that indicate that students who do not read at grade level in Grade 4 are likely to struggle throughout their educational experiences.
The IGU has also provided ongoing support to organizations that have addressed food insecurity during the pandemic. UGI and its employees have helped local food banks across Pennsylvania both financially and with volunteers to help package food for distribution. In addition, a fundraising campaign allowed employees to purchase “Fueling Hope, Fighting Hunger” t-shirts, part of the proceeds of which was donated to regional food banks.
In addition to food insecurity, employees acknowledged that children have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Research indicated that children endured added stress, developmental delays, a widening education gap and increased health problems. UGI employees have indicated through the annual engagement survey that they have made a special effort to make a difference in the lives of children. To support children and youth, UGI has organized school supply drives for those in need, as well as various fundraising efforts to provide children with toys, clothing and other gifts during the holidays.
UGI and its employees also honored those who protected our freedom by participating in Wreaths Across America. Each December, the organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 2,100 locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. UGI employees participated in events at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown; Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville; Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading; and Wellsboro Cemetery.
“Throughout its 140-year history, UGI and its employees have been deeply committed to ensuring the vitality of the communities they serve,” said Steven Cook, director of community relations at UGI. “Our employees live and work in the areas we serve and they take pride in keeping our neighborhoods vibrant.”
UGI employees will participate in a number of volunteer activities during the second half of April, which is designated as National Volunteer Month. This year’s activities include:
- UGI will participate in a number of community clean-up, beautification and stewardship events, many in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration. These include cleaning up Route 1 in Oxford; Ship Shape Day, Shippensburg’s community clean-up event; the Rock Hollow Woods spring clean-up in Birdsboro; the Susquehanna River Cleanup Project in Sunbury; Center County Watershed Cleanup
- Day; Greater Harrisburg Trash Cleanup; the spring clean-up of the Susquehanna Service Dogs in Grantville; and Lebanon City Pocket Park Cleanup as part of Lebanon County Day of Caring. UGI employees will also volunteer at the Montage Mountain GROW tree planting event in Scranton and the Shamokin Community Garden Project.
- UGI employees will volunteer at a number of education-related events, including a UGI-Reading Is Fundamental book giveaway at Arthur Street Elementary in Hazleton. Additionally, volunteers will assemble SPARKS science kits and participate in a SPARKS Matter Monsters
- demonstration at Tamaqua Primary School. Additionally, employees will help assemble PSSA kits for students at Southern Middle School in Reading. Denver-area employees will assemble “Plant the Seed of Learning” early childhood bags in partnership with the Cocalico Cares Early Years Coordinator.
- UGI will continue to support the American Red Cross’ “Sound the Alarm” program to prepare homes and families against home fires. Employees will participate in events in Allentown and Pottsville.
- Recognizing that food insecurity remains a critical issue during the pandemic, UGI continues to support food distribution efforts. Employees will volunteer at the Cocoa Packs Assembly event in Hershey.
UGI employees will also support a number of ongoing community initiatives. For example, volunteers will participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Reading and the Girls on the Run neighborhood notification before the race in Lancaster.
In addition to various community support activities, UGI will be posting information and highlights of the company’s National Volunteer Week efforts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ugiutilities), Twitter (www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities) and on the UGI blog, “UGI Connection” (http://blog.ugi.com).
UGI serves more than 730,000 natural gas and electric customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland.