The more than 20,000 dedicated men and women of PG&E are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work.
PG&E’s year-round employee and retiree workplace giving program raises money for qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations and eligible schools. Through this program, our coworkers and retirees are encouraged and supported to engage on causes and issues that are meaningful to them. This includes a variety of flexible tools to support coworker-led fundraising, volunteerism and a year-round charitable giving campaign, PG&E’s Campaign for the Community, which matches individual donations to nonprofit organizations and schools in their communities up to $1,000 per individual every year.
We’re proud of the twenty-year history of the workplace charitable giving campaign and the value it provides to our coworkers and the organizations that we all care about. As of 2020, coworkers and retirees have contributed $100 million dollars in support to our communities. In 2020, 7,200 donors contributed $6.5 million, and The PG&E Corporation Foundation matched an additional $4.2 million to support more than 6,000 nonprofit organizations and schools.
And our coworkers’ giving spirit didn’t stop there! Coworkers raised more than $100,000 in 50 fundraisers they organized themselves through our charitable giving platform for causes important to them. Coworker-led fundraisers are matched at 50%, up to $5000 per fundraiser.
As Californians who live and work in the communities we serve, our coworkers are passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods we share with our customers. PG&E’s volunteer programs were much different in 2020 due to COVID-19 limitations. Despite the challenges of these restrictions, more than 700 PG&E coworkers volunteered in a range of home-based projects, creating comfort kits and other supplies serving 16 community organizations across Northern and Central California.
“I appreciate the fact I work for a company that has options readily available to their employees to support causes that are personal and meaningful to them. We are part of the communities we serve and many of our employees are deeply involved with their local schools, charities and supporting causes that have touched them personally.”
—Daniel Soares, PG&E Gas Dispatcher, San Ramon
“We are thankful for our continued partnership with PG&E. The donation of 120 art therapy canvas panels, art kits, and additional cards of support for our children and families are going to make a profound impact. Through this donation, PG&E is helping support families with these powerful art and expression tools that will help them to continue to stabilize their lives through a positive expressive outlet. This gift is going above and beyond as PG&E has always done in its work with our organization.”
—Joelle Brinkley, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, San Francisco
“Reading to children to help spark their imagination takes imagination itself! During a global pandemic that includes taking important safety measures, such as stay-at-home orders and social distancing. I’m so excited to be doing this project for Oakland Ed Fund remotely, and still being able to give back to the community, despite these restrictions”
—Inger Hudson, PG&E Administrative Specialist, San Luis Obispo
PG&E volunteers are committed to assisting our communities in preparing for emergencies of all kinds. In 2020, COVID-19 prevented participating in many of our traditional community events like safety fairs and festivals. Read more here about some of these efforts in past years. We look forward to more virtual volunteerism this year, as well as getting out in the community again as soon as it is safe to do so:
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).
In 2020, PG&E repurposed a longtime community event in partnership with the Hinkley Community and Senior Center and San Bernardino County Department of Public Health as a COVID-19 testing and Flu shot clinic.