Community partner spotlight — May 2022
Plant Giveaway at Chicago Botanic Garden
North Shore Gas is a proud partner of the Chicago Botanic Garden and its mission to cultivate the power of
plants to sustain and enrich life. This year, we will be once again sponsoring the Garden’s Plant Giveaway program located in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Staff and volunteers share information about a featured plant and encourage visitors to take
seeds or a seedling home to plant.
Chicago Botanic Garden >
Community partner spotlight — April 2022
Lake Forest Open Lands Association
North Shore Gas supports the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL) at the
Lake Forest Open Lands Association,
a conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of natural landscapes.
CCL is an outreach program that engages and empowers area young people from diverse underserved communities.
The multi-year program begins each summer with a three-week experience where students acquire environmental
literacy, learn scientific assessment methods, and develop teamwork and leadership skills, all in the context
of a stewardship ethic. The students are paired with adult mentors who guide them in individual conservation
stewardship projects to implement in their communities. A key element of the projects is educating the community
about conservation and recruiting additional members of the larger community to participate in the projects.
The students present detailed accounts of their projects at various occasions during the year.
Lake Forest Open Lands Association >
Community partner spotlight — March 2022
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
North Shore Gas supports the Business and Entrepreneurship Services of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago,
which serves Lake County and the rest of the Chicago region. The program fosters the growth and acceleration of businesses — especially
those owned by women of color — by addressing the unique barriers faced by these businesses, such as discrimination, lack of access to funding,
and a need for technical assistance and mentorship. Services include one-on-one business advising, coaching, a dedicated curriculum, and access
to tools, resources and information to help clients conceptualize, launch, sustain and grow their businesses. North Shore Gas
also provides employee volunteers to conduct mock interviews of students enrolled in the CONSTRUCT program, which prepares enrollees for careers
in the construction industry.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago >
Community partner spotlight — February 2022
A Safe Place
As the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence and human trafficking in northern Illinois,
A Safe Place provides comprehensive support and services to help victims and their families break the cycle
of violence and flourish in safe, healthy environments. Services provided include: a 24-hour crisis line;
emergency shelter with food, clothing and case management for families; abuser intervention; long-term and
transitional housing and support services; individual and group counseling; court-ordered supervised visitations
and monitored custody exchanges; legal assistance with orders of protection; and education programs for community
groups and schools. In addition to providing general support, North Shore Gas partners with
A Safe Place annually to provide holiday gifts to children from families in need.
A Safe Place website >