PG&E Recognizes Employees for Extraordinary Community Service $5,000 Donated to a Non-Profit Organization of Winner’s Choice; More Than 80,000 Volunteer Hours Logged This Year
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
SAN FRANCISCO - Continuing its long-standing commitment to actively support the communities it serves, Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced the 2007 Mielke Award winners. PG&E's Mielke Awards annually recognize extraordinary employees who demonstrate the spirit of giving and volunteerism. This year, five PG&E employees have been awarded a Mielke.
"Each of this year's Mielke Award winners exemplifies PG&E's passion for being active members of the communities in which we live and work," said Ophelia Basgal, PG&E vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives. "Their devotion to volunteerism and compassion for others will serve as an inspiration to others and benefit their communities for years to come."
The Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Awards for Outstanding Community Service were first established in 1986, honoring the company's CEO from 1979 to 1986. Each Mielke recipient receives a trophy and $5,000, which goes to the nonprofit organization of the winner's choosing. Five semi-finalists - Jason Brown, Jana Corey, Robert Cupp, Richard Doble and Robert Vigil - were presented $1,000 for their favorite charities. 54 other nominees received $250 Community Service Awards. These grants are part of the $18.3 million PG&E is donating this year to the communities it serves - the largest charitable commitment in the company's history.
Following is the list of the PG&E employee winners and a description of their outstanding volunteer efforts:
William L. Arnold, Jr. - William is a gas control technician in energy delivery at McDonald Island. Outside of work, William volunteers with the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc. Since 2001, he has volunteered in a variety of functions, including as a Board member and Vice President, to support the organization's mission to provide campers a way to meet other children of the deaf community, build self esteem and have fun in a natural setting. William also puts his carpentry and disc jockey skills to work to maintain the camp and provide entertainment at camp dances.
James T. Haas - James is an industrial power engineer in service planning in San Luis Obispo. James has devoted himself to the Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA) for the past 23 years and is a two-time Mielke award winner. A hands-on volunteer, James helped to found TMHA's Growing Grounds Farm program which combines horticultural therapy with vocational training for adults suffering from mental illness. Since then, he has continued to grow the program and has helped with fundraising events and served on TMHA's Board of Directors for 10 years.
Nevin Hindiyeh - Nevin is an electric estimating engineer in estimating and mapping in Fresno. She founded Fresno's Leading Young Professionals (FLYP) organization in 2004 which serves to cultivate and retain young professions in the greater Fresno area through educational outreach, networking and cultural, social and professional development events. Since its inception, FLYP has grown to over 1,500 members, and impacted several hundred more.
Lawrence B. Pulley - Larry is a project manager in power generation in Eureka. Outside of work, he spends his time with Sonoma County 4-H Programs, where members of the community work together developing education programs to meet and fulfill the interest and needs of today's youth, aged 5-19. A volunteer since 1988, Larry has led such educational programs as bike safety, orienteering and Russian River Clean Up trips. He has led in excess of 250 youth to the State Leadership Conference and has shared with youth and adults alike his passion for giving back to the community.
Kenneth R. Wilson - Ken is a General Construction supervisor in Roseville. His volunteering efforts have benefited the American Red Cross of Yolo County since 2004. As a Disaster Action Team Captain, Ken is on call an average of two weeks per month to respond to emergencies at the request of the local first responders. In 2007 alone, Ken has helped over 30 families directly affected by fires, floods, and transportation accidents through his volunteerism with the Disaster Action Team.
PG&E's has long history of making charitable grants tailored to the needs of the wide variety of communities it serves. The company's broader program of support to communities includes cash grants, in-kind contributions, and volunteers for community-based nonprofit organizations, and for schools and other governmental programs throughout northern and central California. All charitable contributions are entirely funded by the company's shareholders and the level of charitable giving does not affect gas and electric rates.