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Community partner spotlight — May 2022

Garfield Park Conservatory

K-12 Environmental Education at Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest conservatories in the nation, with two acres of public greenhouse space and 10 acres of outdoor gardens. Peoples Gas partners with the conservatory to offer a full schedule of programs and events to educate local students with nature-based family activities, school field trips centered on plant science, and a teen docent program that stresses STEM learning and job skills training for local high school students. They offer an online resource center for teachers, parents and caregivers who are looking for plant science and nature-focused activities for their students and children. They also provide nature play kits “to go,” enabling families with young children to engage in meaningful nature learning and conservation activities in their own homes.
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Community partner spotlight — April 2022

Cubs Charities/White Sox Charities

Cubs Charities/White Sox Charities

Each baseball season, Peoples Gas partners with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox on the company’s Ks for a Cause initiative to support the charitable organizations of both teams. Both partnerships work on the same principle: the more strikeouts the Cubs and Sox pitchers get during home games, the more money Peoples Gas contributes to Cubs Charities and White Sox Charities respectively. Over the past five years, Peoples Gas has contributed more than nearly one million dollars in total to the charitable organizations through the Ks for a Cause program. The contributions support the general fund of White Sox Charities, which makes grants to life-changing organizations in the areas of health and wellness, education, child abuse prevention, and cancer research and treatment. The contributions to Cubs Charities are earmarked for the RBI Scholars program, which helps student athletes develop the skills needed to succeed in school, maintain game eligibility and maximize potential for earning college scholarships.
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Community partner spotlight — March 2022

Special Olympics Chicago Polar Plunge

Special Olympics Chicago

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas employees participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge each year in early March to support the programs of Special Olympics Chicago. Since 2016, the volunteer fundraisers have raised more than $700,000. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions, as well as life-enriching programs and activities for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than 7,500 athletes throughout Chicago participate in Special Olympics programs in 22 sports, 27 parks, 150 Chicago Public Schools and through 23 agencies. Approximately 70% of the athletes are at or below the poverty line. Peoples Gas also provided corporate support for Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary celebration in 2018, attended by Special Olympians from around the world.
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Community partner spotlight — February 2022

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Program

Black Creativity program at the Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Program celebrates African American achievement in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine. Black Creativity offers a wide range of targeted, culturally relevant STEM education through programs and exhibits that reach over 10,000 students, teachers and family members in underserved Chicago neighborhoods each year. Peoples Gas provides support for the Black Creativity Innovators program. Museum visitors learn more about the creative and exciting work happening in the community featuring local Black innovators who are helping transform Chicago and inspiring the next generation of youth in our city.
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