As a company that cares, we’re always striving to "Be A Fuel For Good" here at Gas South. And that means we go beyond providing you with affordable natural gas plans and the highest-rated service. We believe in doing our part to strengthen the communities we serve, and so each year we give 5% of profits to help support children in need—a total of more than $9 million since we began this effort in 2006.
As part of this commitment, we invite non-profit organizations that focus on childhood basic needs, education and illness/disability to apply for $50,000 Impact Investment awards each year. With a total of $300,000 to give for these awards, we select 18 finalists. Then our employees vote and narrow that down to six winners that split the total funds available.
For the 12 finalists who didn’t win this year, we’ve also invested another $25,000 with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits as an opportunity for these groups to join our Accelerating Impact Cohort. This immersive program helps these groups learn how to strengthen their efforts in supporting children in need.
This year, we’re excited to announce the following six organizations as the winners of Gas South’s 2022 Impact Investment awards:
BASIC NEEDS CATEGORY
Second Helpings: Second Helpings is a food rescue organization whose mission is to reduce hunger and food waste in metro Atlanta. The funds will be used to expand the Food Rescue Network, a program in which staff and volunteers rescue surplus food and distribute it to those in need.
Feed the Children: This charity is one of the largest based in the U.S. and provides hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. The grant will be used to help provide more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day.
North Central Florida YMCA: This organization offers programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The donation will be used to build a community STEAM lab for local children and teens, giving them the ability to learn life-changing skills and explore new technologies.
Girl Talk: Girl Talk inspires middle and high school girls to be confident leaders through peer-to-peer mentoring. The $50,000 award will be used to expand the Girl Talk Ambassador program, which gives high school girls the opportunity to participate in a leadership cohort for one year.
Beyond Limits Therapeutic Riding: This group serves the special needs community daily by offering therapeutic horseback riding lessons that teach life and social skills. The donation will be used to purchase a new horse, fund rider scholarships and cover overhead costs, such as feed and vet bills
Ronald McDonald House Florida: This organization supports “Our House,” a home that provides lodging and meals to families traveling to Gainesville, FL, to seek medical care for ill children. The nonprofit is currently renovating to expand its services to more families, and Gas South’s donation will sponsor a room at their new location.
Gas South is proud to support each of these important organizations and the work they do—and we’re thankful to each you who also plays a part and makes all this possible as a Gas South customer.