PG&E and Its Employees Help Food Banks Five Employees Rewarded for Their Generous Spirit with Mielke Award
Release Date: November 24, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
Continuing its long-standing commitment to actively support the communities it serves, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced last week a new effort to help support local food banks. The utility will match employee donations, up to $100, to any of the 41 food banks of their choice within the PG&E service area, for a total of $100,000 system-wide. The announcement was made at the 2008 Mielke Awards ceremony, which recognizes employees for their outstanding community service.
Five PG&E employees earned the prestigious Frederick W. Mielke Award for Outstanding Community Service last week. The Mielke award was first established in 1986, honoring the company’s CEO from 1979 to 1986. PG&E has honored five employees each year who best embody the spirit of “giving back”. This year’s recipients are Nancy Avila, Jason Brown, Barry Clark, Ann Kim and Gino Rinaldi. PG&E will donate $5,000, on behalf of each recipient to the nonprofit organization of their choice. Five semifinalists were presented $1,000 for their favorite charities; 39 other nominees received $250 Community Service Awards. These grants are part of the $18.7 million PG&E is donating this year to the communities it serves – the largest charitable commitment in the company’s history.
“Each of this year’s winners exemplifies PG&E’s passion for contributing to the vitality of the communities in which we live and work,” said Ophelia Basgal, PG&E vice president of civic partnership and community initiatives. “Our employees’ generous spirit is not only demonstrated by these five Mielke Award winners, but in their everyday actions, like donating and volunteering at local food banks. That is why we are so proud to match their donations with our new program.”
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. During 2008, PG&E employees volunteered over 18,900 hours of their time at company sponsored events.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com.