RIVERSIDE, Calif., Dec. 21, 2018—Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) this week donated $5,000 to the Riverside Police Foundation’s (RPF) Holiday Toy Drive, which provides gifts to families in need during the holidays. After learning that SoCalGas employees at the company’s Riverside base had independently raised close to $500 for the charity, the company then added its own donation of $5,000.
“SoCalGas employees live and work in the neighborhoods we serve, and the generosity of the team at our Riverside base is just one of many stories like this we hear about throughout the year,” said Trisha Muse, director of community relations at SoCalGas. “Actively supporting the communities where we live and work is a core value at SoCalGas and one we share with the brave men and women at the Riverside Police department.”
“We are so grateful for the generous donation by SoCalGas toward our toy drive this holiday season,” said Deputy Chief Larry Gonzalez of the RPD. “With these funds, the RPD and RPF are able to help make this Christmas a little bit easier for many families and children in our Riverside community. We want to thank SoCalGas for helping us to help others.”
For photos of Riverside police officers and SoCalGas employees delivering gifts, click here.
In 2016, SoCalGas invested more than $7 million in over 1,200 organizations, and the company’s employees volunteered nearly 13,000 hours at nonprofits throughout the company’s service territory. Learn more about SoCalGas’ giving here.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas has served communities in California for 150 years and is committed to being a leader in the region’s clean energy future. The company has committed to spending $6 billion over the next five years to modernize and upgrade its gas infrastructure, while also reducing methane emissions. SoCalGas is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuel created by capturing and conditioning greenhouse gas emissions from farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. The company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
About the Riverside Police Foundation
The Riverside Police Foundation (a non-profit organization) is the brain child of Chief Sergio G. Diaz, established to care for and give to the citizens and children of the city of Riverside. The mission of the Riverside Police Foundation fosters visible and direct community support to promote public safety and enhance the programs and services for the children of the City of Riverside. Our Vision is to take a leadership role in preventing crime, saving lives and improving the quality of life in our community through partnerships that enhance and strengthen the connection of the children and the Riverside Police Department. Our focus is a safer Riverside for the children and those who live, work and visit our great city.
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SoCalGas: (213) 244-2442 or Riverside Police Department: Officer Ryan J. Railsback, (951) 826-5959