Virginia Natural Gas is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves.
Employee Volunteer Week - March 14-18
We'd like to thank the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for the opportunity to work alongside them to give back to our community during our annual Volunteer Week event. Dozens of employees came out to volunteer with sorting potatoes into family- sized bags for community distribution on the Southside and assisted with the mobile food pantry on the peninsula. Follow the conversation #VNGCares.
Supporting March of Dimes
Dozens of Virginia Natural Gas employees and family members came out in support of the annual March of Dimes March for Babies events in Virginia Beach and on the Peninsula. More than $5,500 was raised this year through various fundraising activities including bake sales, cookouts,
50/50 raffles, a cornhole tournament and employee donations.
New Scholarship Established for Radford University Students
Virginia Natural Gas recently contributed $20,000 to the Radford University Foundation, Inc. to establish the Virginia Natural Gas Scholarship. The scholarship will assist high-achieving Radford University juniors or seniors studying accounting, finance, information technology or STEM related fields.
Scholarship recipients will be from the Virginia Natural Gas service territories of Chesapeake, Hampton, Hanover, James City, New Kent, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Suffolk, Virginia Beach or York.
The Virginia Natural Gas Scholarship will provide $1,000 per semester or $2,000 per year to one or two students each year, renewable for up to two academic years. Radford University will be selecting the recipients. Learn More.
Virginia Natural Gas helps bring the core values of golf and leadership skills to students
On what was originally scheduled to be a teacher workday turned snow day-makeup-day for students, dozens of elementary school physical education teachers and administrators came together at the East Ocean View Community Center to embark on a new training lesson of their own. They were there to learn how to play and teach golf. Thanks to a generous donation from Southern Company and Virginia Natural Gas, more than 20 teachers participated in training for The First Tee National Student Program.
Virginia Natural Gas has always been a strong partner with local area schools in educating students. This training will leverage golf to instill life and leadership skills in disadvantaged children through the game's challenges and its nine core values - honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.
We look forward to partnering with The First Tee to bring their national program to additional area schools later this year.
Restoring the Longleaf Pine
Virginia Natural Gas has joined the Nature Conservancy in its push to restore a key piece of the Southeast's environmental heritage – the longleaf pine.
In addition to providing financial support of the Nature Conservancy in support of its efforts to restore the longleaf pine, we planted six young longleaf pines on the grounds outside of the Virginia Beach office.
We are proud that the longleaf pines will grow and hopefully thrive outside of our building. We will continue to support the Nature Conservancy’s multi-year effort to restore the historic longleaf pine and will work with the group to plant more trees throughout our region.
Salvation Army Christmas Depot
In December, dozens of Virginia Natural Gas employees volunteered to help our friends at the Salvation Army with their annual Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach. Through the Salvation Army and other local charities, the Christmas Depot provides Christmas and hope for nearly 200,000 people in need throughout Hampton Roads. Our employee volunteer day included helping families in need with their shopping, handing out Angel Tree clothes boxes and food, and assisting guests to their cars.
In preparation for this event, Virginia Natural Gas employees sponsored 30 children through the Angel Tree program by shopping to provide them with new clothing, coats and shoes.
United Way Day of Caring
In coordination with the United Way of South Hampton Roads, more than 20 employees volunteered to help our friends at ForKids with a day of landscaping, painting, cleaning and appliance removal at their Chesapeake location in support of United Way’s Day of Caring.
ForKids is one of the largest providers for homeless families in Virginia, touching over 47,500 lives annually through its holistic housing programs and extended services for families.
The second week in May is Volunteer Week at Virginia Natural Gas. We kicked things off by marching for babies in Virginia Beach, and raising money for March of Dimes. Next, we assisted with oyster restoration at the VIMS Oyster Hatchery. Our work of filling more than 300 bags of recycled shells will make a habitat for a half million oysters! Finally, we partnered with The Union Mission Ministries in Norfolk and processed donations for that homeless shelter.
Natural Gas Safety
Thank you Fauquier County Fire Department for joining us for to learn about natural gas pipeline safety!
There was no better way to start the day than to greet the Dreamers at Seatack An Achievable Dream Academy. An Achievable Dream operates three schools dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed and that education can break the cycle of poverty.
Natural Gas Education
We visited our friends at Montessori Academy of Virginia who had many questions about natural gas.
Fire and Rescue Conference
We were pleased to participate in the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference VFCA and to share information about natural gas safety and safe digging at our booth, (C4) Feb 21-24 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.