As 20,000 Californians who live and work in the communities we serve, the men and women of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods we share with our customers. Together, PG&E employees volunteered more than 78,000 hours last year in a range of charitable efforts across Northern and Central California.
In addition to volunteerism, our employees make personal donations to nonprofit organizations and schools in their communities through our annual giving Campaign for the Community.
In April 2018, PG&E held its fifth annual Month of Service where nearly 1,000 employees and their friends and families volunteered over 6,000 hours.
"Being able to volunteer through PG&E in the area I've lived my entire life is such an amazing opportunity. I get to meet wonderful people in the community and coworkers from other lines of business which makes me feel that I'm part of something so much bigger. From planting trees during Earth Day, to organizing clothes at the ARF Thrift Store; all of that allows me to make a difference in my own way."
Melissa Hines, Supervisor, Customer Fund Management
Last year, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation marked the 17th anniversary of our support of the California State Parks Foundation’s Annual Earth Day Park Restoration and Clean Up. In a single day, over 750 employees and their friends and families fanned out across California, helping to restore and clean up eleven state parks. In nearly 25 years of support, we have contributed nearly $3.5 million to protect and improve state parks throughout California.
Climate resiliency projects focused on preparing state parks for natural disasters were also completed in conjunction with Earth Day volunteer activities. These projects focused on brush removal/habitat management to make parks better able to cope with fires, drought, and other environmental impacts in the short term, and will bolster strategies to help make parks more resilient in dealing with the effects of climate change over time.
In 2019, PG&E volunteers again partnered with California State Parks Foundation for Earth Day, hosting restoration projects and family-friendly open houses at parks across the state. We also worked with local partners in urban settings to help youth explore local green spaces and learn about climate resiliency.
"PG&E is one of California State Parks Foundation’s longest standing sponsors, supporting our work to inform and inspire current and future generations of passionate state park advocates. Through their commitment to our Earth Day celebration, they’ve funded grants for critical state park improvements and mobilized thousands of PG&E employees to volunteer their time with us on Earth Day and beyond."
Rachel Norton, Executive Director California State Parks Foundation
PG&E volunteers are helping communities respond and rebuild after wildfire impacts. When the 2017 and 2018 Wildfire seasons had devastating impacts on many of our communities, PG&E employees were some of the first in line to volunteer their time and assistance in any way they could.
Volunteers from PG&E, We Share Solar, and the City of Oakland helped install ten solar suitcases at the community cabins in Oakland. The suitcases provide enough light for all the cabins, the ability to charge cellphones or laptops, and run small fans.
PG&E and Warriors employees volunteered their time to revitalize the African American community service agency in San Jose. Additionally, volunteers led rotations which provided an opportunity for students to engage in activities furthering their understanding of steam (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math).
PG&E joined once again this year with Hinkley 4H Club, Hinkley Community Center and San Bernardino County to coordinate their annual community clean up. Along with PG&E volunteers were Hinkley 4H Club members and their parents, as well as representatives from San Bernardino County, the Hinkley Community Center and the community.