AVILA BEACH — PG&E has donated $25,000 to a nonprofit that provides used clothing and school supplies to thousands of disadvantaged children and at-risk teenagers along the Central Coast.
PG&E President Chris Johns on Wednesday (Oct. 23) presented the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast with the donation, similar to a contribution the utility made to the organization last year.
“PG&E’s commitment to being a valuable community partner plays a critical role in the mission of the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast,” said Lisa Ray, CEO and founder of the group. “We applaud PG&E for their efforts to provide educational and resource support for disadvantaged children and youth in North Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County.”
In 2012, PG&E donated a truck that has been the charity’s sole transportation and has been an invaluable resource to transport donations and pull its 24-foot mobile clothing and resource trailer, the Traveling Children’s Closet.
Among those attending the presentation were Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Caren Ray and Debbie Arnold, Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrera, Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Matt Guerrero of the Oceano Community Services District.
Achadjian and Ray presented Johns with certificates to thank PG&E for its support of the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast.
For PG&E, the contribution is one of the many ways the company gives back to the communities it serves.
“The Children’s Resource Network is working hard to provide things for children and teens in this area that most of us probably take for granted,” said Johns. “PG&E takes a lot of pride in investing in causes like the Children’s Resource Network that are working to improve the quality of life in our communities.”
The organization began in 2009 by helping a single mother who couldn’t afford essential clothing and school supplies for her two children for the new school year. Since then, it has provided more than 6,000 children with free clothing, shoes, blankets, books, backpacks, school supplies, diapers, toiletries and other basic needs.