The children at Gladden House really made our day when we announced a grant that allowed them to reopen their program for 3-year-olds. Our president, Dan Creekmur, wrote letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch (below) to explain why we're so excited about this gift.
Columbia Gas is proud to partner in the growth and development of central Ohio. We understand the importance of investing in and empowering the local communities we serve to ensure the needs of the whole community are being met. As we focus on economic development, it’s equally important that steps are taken to ensure no one is left behind.
Columbia Cares. That’s why we have chosen to partner with organizations like the Gladden Community House, a trusted member of the Franklinton and Near West Side communities. They received a grant from Columbia Gas through the NiSource Charitable Foundation.
Each year, Gladden House provides services that impact thousands of local residents, including preschool and after school care, youth sports, senior outreach and one of the largest food support programs in central Ohio.
We recently invested in Gladden’s Step Up To Quality state-licensed preschool program, which focuses on early childhood education. Over the past few years, a lack of funding has limited the number of program options Gladden can provide, including their 3-year-old program. Without that funding, low income families that do not qualify for funding must pay privately for preschool, which is an overwhelming barrier to their children receiving the education they deserve.
By partnering with Gladden, Columbia Gas is able to help provide children with the firm educational, social and developmental foundation they need to grow and develop.
When companies and mission-based organizations partner to invest in our children, we can accomplish great things. Please join us in supporting the Gladden Community House by visiting gladdenhouse.org.