By Tracy Correa
PG&E is launching its first-ever Month of Service in April with thousands of its employees volunteering in more than 100 community service projects throughout the utility’s Northern and Central California territory.
This new, month-long program is a partnership with HandsOn Network and Points of Light — a leading volunteer organization — and will include a wide range of projects from employees beautifying a park in Humboldt County to taking part in a bowl-a-thon to raise money for a youth mentoring program in Fresno.
The Month of Service will officially kick off April 4, when PG&E’s CEO Tony Earley is expected to be joined by nearly 80 employee volunteers at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco. During the event, the volunteers will remove graffiti, clean up the shoreline, plant native vegetation and make other park improvements.
“For more than a quarter century, one of the most significant ways we have served our communities is through our volunteer program,” said PG&E’s Ezra Garrett, vice president of community relations and chief sustainability officer. “Last year alone, PG&Ers gave more than 41,000 volunteer hours to communities throughout our service area. And each year, these numbers continue to grow as our employees generously give their time to support our neighbors in need.”
PG&E has a longstanding commitment to community volunteerism. Anchored by the utility’s annual Earth Day clean-up and restoration and cleanup projects in partnership with the California State Parks Foundation, the Month of Service will feature a variety of other volunteer activities reflecting the broad range of employee interests and the communities in which they live.
Yolanda Montejano, a PG&E contact center operations safety lead in Fresno, already has signed up for five Month of Service projects. “My [volunteer] goal every year is 40 hours,” she said.
Giving back is something that is important to Montejano, who has worked for PG&E for 10 years. “I honestly feel like we have so much, especially just being employed at PG&E,” she said.
People may not always have the ability to give money, but giving your time is free, she said. “I have fun when I do it. I get to meet people and really get to connect with the community. And I get to meet our customers,” said Montejano.
Plans call for employee volunteers to restore state parks and recreation areas, to participate in community emergency response training, to stuff backpacks for students, to build playgrounds and to install solar panels on Habitat for Humanity homes, among other things.
In Kern County on Saturday (April 6), for instance, PG&E employees will spruce up downtown Bakersfield, plant flowers at historic city sites and remove litter. They also will collect non-perishable grocery items for the local food bank. And in Chico on Saturday, April 27, employees will beautify and clean up the Chico Creek Nature Center.
Here’s a short list of some of the many Month of Service events planned:
- April 6 – Sacramento County. Beautification project at Harkness Elementary School.
- April 6 & 13 – Marin County. Earth Day restoration and cleanup at Angel Island State Park.
- April 13 – San Luis Obispo County. Earth Day restoration and cleanup at Montana de Oro State Park.April 13 – Santa Cruz/Monterey counties. Earth Day restoration and cleanup at Nisene Marks Sate Park.
- April 19 – San Francisco County. Beautification project at Mission High School.
- April 27 – San Mateo County. Rebuilding Together Peninsula project in San Bruno.
- April 27 – Fresno County. Clean up and restoration at San Joaquin River Parkway.
PG&E also continues to serve as presenting sponsor of the California State Parks Foundation Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup which takes place on April 13.
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