AGL Resources And Atlanta Gas Light Present Mayor Franklin With 500 Blankets To Help Keep Atlanta’s Homeless Community Warm
December 16, 2005
ATLANTA – (Business Wire) – Dec. 16, 2005 – Representatives of AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG) and Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) this morning presented Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin with 500 colorful fleece blankets at the 24/7 Gateway Center, which she in turn distributed to several Atlanta area homeless organizations, including the 24/7 Gateway Center, the Atlanta Union Mission and its facility which provides services to women and children, My Sister’s House.
“I applaud AGL Resources and Atlanta Gas Light for their leadership in stepping forward to help Atlanta’s homeless men, women and children this winter,” said Franklin. “This symbolic and real gift of warmth is especially timely as temperatures are dropping and the holiday season is now in full swing. I encourage other companies and individuals to step forward and lend a hand to help those in need.”
Raymond Riddle, interim chairman and chief executive officer of AGL Resources; Suzanne Sitherwood, president of AGL; Kevin Madden, executive vice president of External Affairs at AGL Resources; Melanie Platt, senior vice president of Human Resources at AGL Resources; Harriette Watkins, president of the AGL Resources Private Foundation; Barbara Thomas, executive assistant at AGL Resources; David Coleman, president and CEO of the Atlanta Union Mission; and Jill Mayes, director of My Sister’s House were on hand to present and receive the blankets from the mayor.
“On behalf of my colleagues at AGL Resources and Atlanta Gas Light, we are proud to present these colorful fleece blankets to Mayor Franklin to provide warmth and to hopefully lift the spirits of the homeless in metro Atlanta,” said Platt, who served as the executive sponsor of the blanket making project this year. “Generosity of spirit is one of our core values at AGL Resources and we can all reflect on how the spirits of those less fortunate will be lifted as a result of our employee volunteer efforts.”
Platt also mentioned that the success of this program would not be possible without the generous support of the program’s vendors, Hancock Fabrics on Piedmont Road in Atlanta (who supplied the fleece material) and McJunkin Corporation (who distributed the fleece material) to make all 2,500 blankets.
What started in 2003 by Barbara Thomas, AGL Resources executive assistant who works closely with Platt, as a way to help a few homeless men and women stay warm in Atlanta, has blossomed into a company-wide program where some 2,500 blankets were made over the past several weeks. The blankets – made by AGL Resources employee and retiree volunteers – from New Jersey to Florida and to Texas – are being donated to shelters helping the homeless throughout the AGL Resources’ service territory.
Accepting hundreds of blankets from the mayor, Coleman said: “We are grateful to AGL Resources and Atlanta Gas Light for helping Atlanta Union Mission to provide warmth and comfort to homeless people in Atlanta. As operators of the 24/7 Gateway Center, the Mission is excited that more people in need will benefit from this gift of warmth.”
In addition to donating the blankets, AGL on November 9, 2005 presented $315,000 in energy assistance grants to four Georgia social service organizations.
- H.E.A.T., Inc. - $150,000 for energy assistance;
- Resource Service Ministries - $75,000 for replacing or refurbishing furnaces;
- Sullivan Center - $50,000 for energy assistance;
- United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta - $40,000 for the agency's 211 referral program.
The AGL corporate funds are earmarked to help low-income elderly Georgians stay warm this winter by providing heating bill assistance as well as new furnaces and/or natural gas water heaters.
"We are doing everything we can to manage costs and deliver reliable supplies, working with governmental agencies and energy assistance organizations to help those in need," said Sitherwood. "We want our customers to do everything possible to maximize energy efficiency through conservation and weatherization to minimize their bills.”
AGL also recently launched the $1 million Home and Heart Warming Project - a joint effort with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and Resource Service Ministries to assist qualified Georgia families in repairing or replacing their non-functioning furnaces, water heaters, and when necessary for safety reasons, cook top and stove units. For additional information about this and other local, state and federal assistance programs, AGL is encouraging customers to contact United Way of Metro Atlanta by dialing 2-1-1 or by visiting www.211.org. About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), an Atlanta-based energy services holding company, serves 2.3 million customers in six states through its utility subsidiaries - Atlanta Gas Light, Elizabethtown Gas in New Jersey, Virginia Natural Gas, Florida City Gas, Chattanooga Gas, and Elkton Gas in Maryland. A Fortune 1000 company that ranks number 46 in the Fortune gas and electric utilities sector, AGL Resources reported 2004 revenue of $1.8 billion and net income of $153 million. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout the East and Midwest. As a 70 percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. AGL Networks, the company's telecommunications subsidiary, owns and operates fiber optic networks in Atlanta and Phoenix. The company also owns and operates Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, a high-deliverability natural gas storage facility near the Henry Hub in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com
. About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), provides delivery service to more than 1.6 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com
. About Atlanta Union Mission
Atlanta Union Mission is a Christian ministry that brings Christ's healing power to any person in crisis through programs of rescue and recovery. Begun in 1938 as a refuge for hungry individuals displaced by the Great Depression, the Mission has grown from a single facility in downtown Atlanta to six facilities providing emergency food and shelter, residential recovery programs and transitional housing. For more information, visit www.aumcares.org
. About the 24/7 Gateway Center
The 24/7 Gateway Center is the centerpiece of the Regional Commission on Homeless' effort to impact chronic homelessness. The 24/7 Gateway Center is the point of entry - the gateway - to the community's continuum of care created to help homeless individuals move out of dependency. The 24/7 Gateway Center offers homeless individuals an opportunity to disconnect from the issues that contributed to their homelessness by connecting them with the specific services they need to move toward self-sufficiency. The vision for the 24/7 Gateway Center is to become a place of hope and new beginning, where homeless persons engage the journey that leads them to autonomous living. Ultimately, the vision of the 24/7 Gateway Center is to help eliminate chronic homelessness in our community. For more information, visit www.gatewayctr.org
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SOURCE: AGL Resources