PG&E Receives Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Summer Jobs Program
Release Date: February 14, 2013
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) Summer Jobs program received an Honorable Mention award in the Corporate Community Partnership Category during Monday's PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Last summer, 150 underserved teens from Fresno County received valuable career-training, such as resume writing and lessons on how to conduct job interviews, as part of a first-time partnership between PG&E and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County. In addition to the training, the program helped 55 of those teens find paid summer jobs in their community. PG&E funds fully covered the wages these teens earned, so the program was no-cost for participating businesses. The program also supplied students with business-appropriate attire and bus tokens for transportation.
Funded by a $200,000 grant from the utility and the PG&E Foundation, Fresno County was the first community selected for this pilot summer jobs program due largely to its high unemployment rate of around 17 percent compared to a rate of nearly 11 percent throughout the state of California. PG&E plans to introduce this successful program to other communities in its service area for summer 2013.
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 http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com