North Shore Gas supports many organizations in the communities we serve. Here are just a few examples.
Department of Defense Warrior Games
North Shore Gas was a sponsor of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago. Approximately 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans participated in the Warrior Games. Athletes represented the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the U.K. Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force. They competed in eight individual and team sports, including archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. Visit http://www.dodwarriorgames.com/ for more information.
North Shore Gas recently joined with ComEd and Nicor to create the Super Savers Program. It's a FREE education program to teach 5th-grade students ways to save energy and water. Students and their families learn how to save by installing energy-saving products. The products can help lower utility bills.
The program offers teacher education materials, lesson plans and activities for inside and outside the classroom. Each student also gets a guide workbook and Super Savers kit. Approximately 5,000 students in the Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas service areas participated in the program during the 2014/2015 school year.
Best Friend of Illinois Parks
North Shore Gas is the proud recipient of the 2014 Mid-Sized Business Best Friend of Illinois Parks Award. The award was given by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. It honors our partnership with the parks to promote protecting our environment.
Some of our partnership highlights include:
- Funding two summer day camp programs that served more than 1500 children.
- Participating in the Live Green Family Festival to celebrate Earth Day.
- Funding a school outreach program on saving energy, nature and science.
- Creating a butterfly friendly habitat with a partner school.
- Supporting the air cleansing Living Wall at the Lake County Forest Preserve Greenbelt Cultural Center.
- Hosting our Kids Exploration Day event at district parks.
- Receiving the 2011 Waukegan Park District Patron of the Year Award.
Once Upon a Fairy Tale
North Shore Gas is happy to support the "Once Upon a Fairy Tale" exhibit in the Waukegan Public Library's Early Learning Center. The exhibit is 2,200-square-feet of hands-on activities based on well-known fairy tales. Activities include: woodworking in Geppetto's workshop, creating Hansel and Gretel's candy house, climbing Rapunzel's tower and building homes with the three little pigs. "Once Upon a Fairy Tale" focuses on creativity, role playing and highlights the lessons of fairy tales.
North Shore Gas Supports Waukegan's Erie Health Center
North Shore Gas is proud to support the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center. Located just blocks from our headquarters, the center gives residents more access to affordable healthcare and provides bi-lingual service. Dental services are also offered for children and soon-to-be mothers.
Mark Kinzle, North Shore Gas general manager, stated "Supporting the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center was important to us. This center brings quality, affordable healthcare to Lake County and that's great for the communities we serve."
For more than 50 years, Erie Family Health Centers have delivered high-quality health services to Chicago residents. With the center in Waukegan, those services are now available to Lake County.
Team H.E.A.T. (Home Energy Assistance Together)
Each fall, North Shore Gas employee volunteers weatherize homes of low and fixed income customers. We provide energy saving resources and tips that help them decrease and better manage their bills. Team H.E.A.T. volunteers install weather stripping around doors, caulk air leaks throughout the home and put plastic sheeting around windows. We give homeowners energy saving and safety packages. Our goal is to further educate them that saving energy not only lowers their utility costs, but also helps the environment.