Daily Point of Light # 2730 Jul 22, 2004

The Georgia Natural Gas (GNG) TrueBlue Crew Volunteer Program is comprised of GNG employees of diverse ages and backgrounds sharing a common vision – establishing and maintaining a dedicated, positive, active volunteer force within the Atlanta community.

Since 2002, the TrueBlue Crew has been responsible for serving the community in critical areas – feeding the homeless, helping and counseling children from at-risk backgrounds, and assisting senior citizens and single parents. Volunteers helped to build a home for a single mom, worked to restore neighborhood parks as a conservation effort, and provided holiday gifts for 13 families in need.

When the company moved in 2003 from a suburban office complex north of Atlanta to a recently revived inner-city Atlanta neighborhood, management and employees at all levels strived to be good community citizens. Almost immediately, the TrueBlue Crew partnered with the Centennial Place Family YMCA, located in the neighborhood formerly known as Techwood Homes. America’s first public housing project, Techwood was founded during the Roosevelt administration. The neighborhood is changing, but the people who live there have tremendous needs that require community and corporate support.

Since partnering with the Centennial Y, Georgia Natural Gas has: * Sponsored 500 children through the Y’s Partner with Youth Campaign, funding scholarships for after school and enrichment programs; * Provided TrueBlue Crew volunteers regularly to participate in classroom educational activities with children; * Assisted at senior citizen’s events; * Encouraged employee volunteers to serve on Centennial neighborhood advisory boards and assisted with the Y’s fundraising efforts; and * Supplied IT employees to partner with the Y to develop an after school computer program.

Even before Georgia Natural Gas moved to Midtown Atlanta, employees went the extra mile by volunteering in neighborhoods targeting vital needs of education, conservation and overall community well being. The company’s volunteer focus has been on programs and organizations that improve the lives of children and senior citizens.

As the leading marketer in Georgia’s deregulated natural gas market, GNG serves more than 540,000 customers. Yet, the number of employees is surprisingly small – averaging about 60 employees. Although Atlanta’s community needs may seem overwhelming for such a small crew of employees, the TrueBlue Crew has managed to surpass participation statistics of companies 10 times their size or more.