April 8, 2014 > PG&E employees pledge millions to local communities
PG&E employees pledge millions to local communities
Submitted By Tamar Sarkissian
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently announced that its employees and retirees have raised more than $6.5 million to support nonprofit organizations and schools through the utilityÕs annual giving initiative, Campaign for the Community. The total was the most ever pledged in the campaignÕs history and exceeded last yearÕs total by $500,000. Employee and retiree contributions will benefit entities throughout PG&EÕs service area in Northern and Central California and beyond. In Alameda and Contra Costa Counties alone, PG&E employees contributed more than $1.1 million.
ÒIÕm grateful for how our employees and retirees stepped up in unprecedented fashion this year to support the communities where they live and work,Ó said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation. ÒAll of us at PG&E want nothing more than for our communities to be healthy, vibrant places, and IÕm proud of how Campaign for the Community helps make that possible.Ó
In addition to the amount pledged through Campaign for the Community, PG&E will provide nearly $2 million in matching grants to schools and qualifying organizations designated by PG&E employees and retirees through this annual giving initiative. Pledges will be distributed throughout 2014 to more than 5,000 schools and nonprofit organizations, including environmental organizations, community centers, food banks, animal shelters, veterans groups and many others, to help keep important programs and services alive in local communities.
Through PG&EÕs Campaign for the Community, employees can designate donation recipients and contribute amounts of their choosing through payroll deductions or onetime donations. This year, pledges were made by nearly 7,600 employees and more than 350 retirees.
In addition, PG&EÕs employees raised $200,000 through community events, from funny slipper contests and food sales, to dinners with PG&E officers. Last year, these employee-led fundraising events earned nearly $140,000 for the community.