SAN DIEGO, Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sempra Energy Foundation, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and employees of the Sempra Energy companies today announced they are teaming up to donate as much as $350,000 to support relief efforts for communities severely impacted by the three major wildfires still burning across California.
The Sempra Energy Foundation will make a donation of $75,000 to the American Red Cross and an additional donation of $75,000 to the United Way of Ventura County, designated to the wildfire disaster relief fund. SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, is donating more than $100,000 to a number of community organizations assisting victims and evacuees of the Woolsey Fire. The Sempra Energy Foundation also has agreed to match Sempra Energy employee donations up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross and United Way of Ventura County, adding potentially $100,000 to the total contribution for relief efforts.
"The impact of the current wildfires has been devastating for thousands of Californians," said Dennis V. Arriola, chairman of the Sempra Energy Foundation. "It is our hope that these donations may provide some relief and support in helping those impacted begin to rebuild their lives and communities."
The American Red Cross and United Way of Ventura County are providing relief to victims of the fires throughout California. The United Way of Ventura County will further support victims who have long-term recovery needs.
"Residents have faced so much devastation and confusion throughout these terrible wildfires," said Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County. "The continued support from the Sempra Energy Foundation, SoCalGas and Sempra Energy employees will go a long way to provide assistance to impacted households in Ventura County. We're so thankful for their ongoing generosity."
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
The United Way of Ventura County improves lives by inspiring and mobilizing the caring power and resources of its community by registering volunteers and coordinating with emergency services to disperse resources and place volunteers where they are needed most.
The Sempra Energy Foundation is the 501(c)(3) private foundation of Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide. For more information on the Sempra Energy Foundation, visit www.sempraenergyfoundation.org.
Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.
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Brett de la Garza, Sempra Energy, (877) 340-8875, www.sempra.com, Twitter: @SempraEnergy