Atlanta Gas Light Establishes Fund To Meet Community Needs In Augusta
April 21, 2004
ATLANTA - Wednesday, April 21 - Working in conjunction with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) announces the establishment of the Atlanta Gas Light Fund, which will be used to enhance the quality of life for the citizens in the Augusta area.
The fund, initially established at $10,000, will be used to support projects that fall into AGL's main areas of corporate giving: community enrichment, education and environmental stewardship.
"AGL takes our obligation to be accountable to Augusta and its citizens very seriously," said Robert Chaplin, AGL's region manager for Augusta. "We have supported many nonprofit organizations and activities, from Earth Day activities at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to donations to Miracle Making Ministries. This fund will allow us to be even more responsive to the needs of the community."
The Community Foundation will manage the fund and distribute the money through grants. The Atlanta Gas Light Fund board of directors will determine which projects merit funding. In addition to Chaplin, serving on the board will be State Rep. Quincy Murphy (D-Richmond); R. Lee Smith, president and CEO, the Community Foundation; and Staci Bush, manager, community affairs for AGL.
"This is a great day for the Augusta community!" said Smith. "The establishment of this fund demonstrates AGL's commitment to Augusta and Richmond County. AGL has always been generous with its time and money, but this fund will give us more flexibility to meet pressing community needs as well as long-term projects."
Employees of Atlanta Gas Light, which is a subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: ATG), have long supported a variety of agencies and fund-raising activities in Augusta such as the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Luminary Team; the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy; Meals on Wheels Senior Citizens Council; science awards for sixth and seventh-grade Richmond County middle school students; and the United Way of the Central Savannah River Area.
Projects funded by the Community Foundation in the past include: the Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped, Inc. (expansion of the training and services program); Interfaith Hospitality Network Inc. (cost-free childcare to homeless families) and Junior Achievement of Georgia, Augusta District (economics lesson materials for 100 classrooms).