Key Community Partnerships
United Way Giving
Columbia Gas of Ohio and its employees are extremely proud that corporate and employee pledges to United Way surpass a half million dollars. Area managers and other employees serve on many United Way Chapter leadership groups and boards that help raise additional funds and increase community support.
HeatShare Family Emergency Fund
Through a partnership with The Salvation Army that dates back to 1983, Columbia Gas generates an annual fund of nearly $180,000 to assist low-income households with their heating bills and to prevent termination of service. Customers may make one-time or monthly tax-deductible contributions to the fuel fund by checking the box on the front of the payment coupon on their monthly bill and indicating the amount they wish to donate on the back, or by submitting the online donation form. The company matches customer donations at 50 cents on the dollar.
WarmChoice® Weatherization Program
WarmChoice® is a weatherization program for eligible, low-income Columbia Gas of Ohio customers. The program includes a home inspection and may provide insulation, air sealing and repair or replacement of heating equipment. The program can reduce customer gas use by an average of 28 percent. Columbia Gas of Ohio's network of community-based providers serves more than 1,500 WarmChoice® eligible customers each year. To qualify for the program, participants must be Columbia Gas of Ohio customers, use natural gas as their primary heating source, and be eligible for the PIPP Plus program or have an income of 150 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines. To learn more about how to apply for WarmChoice, call 1-800-952-3037.
Columbia Gas employees frequently participate on teams or as individuals in community service projects or as volunteers for or members of boards of non-profit organizations. Columbia encourages and supports these employee initiatives. Examples of projects or organizations to which employees volunteer time and energy are:
- Walk-a-thons for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the March of Dimes, AIDSWalk, the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.
- Public Schools: employees serve as tutors, mentors and facilitators in the classrooms or through organizations such as Junior Achievement.
- Food, clothing and gift drives: employees donate time, money, and goods to support families in need, particularly during the holiday season.
- Environmental and educational grants: proceeds from employee waste paper recycling efforts are donated toward projects that enhance and protect the environment or conserve energy.