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Community partner spotlight — November 2022

Nourishing Hope providing meals

Nourishing Hope (formerly Lakeview Pantry)

With cold weather and the holidays fast approaching, funding from Peoples Gas supports crucial programs provided by Nourishing Hope.

Formerly known as Lakeview Pantry, the organization’s new name reflects its plans to grow and serve more people throughout the city of Chicago. In addition to providing free food, Nourishing Hope helps individuals with mental wellness counseling and other social services, such as job and housing assistance. Historically a North Side organization founded in 1970, Nourishing Hope is building strategic partnerships on the city's South and West Sides to serve more of our Chicago neighbors in need of assistance.

Before the pandemic, Nourishing Hope provided 2.3 million meals annually. Last year, it provided an incredible 4 million meals — reaching more than 45,000 new clients. While responding to the pandemic, it experienced exponential growth and exceeded goals set in its 2018 strategic plan.

For more information, visit https://www.nourishinghopechi.org/.

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Community partner spotlight — October 2022

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chicago

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research and patient programs. For the past five years, Peoples Gas has sponsored the event, and the company’s Women’s Development Network has created a team to raise funds and participate in the walk.
The purpose of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is to celebrate survivors, remember those that have been lost to breast cancer, provide encouragement and strength to the newly diagnosed, and raise funds for innovative research and free programs to cancer patients and families.
This year’s walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Soldier Field. For more information or to get involved, visit makingstrideswalk.org/chicagoil.

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Community partner spotlight — September 2022

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

Peoples Gas supports the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in the Pilsen neighborhood, the heart of Chicago’s Mexican American community. The NMMA is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border. The museum’s programs and exhibitions capture the wide range of Mexican cultural expressions and art forms, from ancient to modern. NMMA represents the Mexican community from its own point of view and in its own voice through a large permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists. NMMA’s exhibitions and programs draw extensively from the Mexican tradition of utilizing the transformative power of art to examine complex social issues.
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Community partner spotlight — August 2022

utility workers military assistance program group photo

Utility Workers Military Assistance Program

Ten graduates of the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP) started operations internships at Peoples Gas this summer as the job training initiative for veterans celebrates its 10th anniversary. UMAP helps military veterans transition to civilian careers and provides Peoples Gas with highly qualified candidates for job openings. Since 2012, 488 vets have completed internships at Peoples Gas after graduating from the program, and 97% subsequently were offered full-time jobs. UMAP is a partnership between Peoples Gas, Gas Workers Local 18007, City Colleges of Chicago and the Utility Workers Union of America’s Power for America Training Trust Fund. Participants take classes in the fundamentals of the natural gas industry at the Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy-King College. Graduates who accept internships at Peoples Gas spend four weeks paired with employee mentors receiving on-the-job training. Successful interns are offered full-time positions as utility workers. Seven of the current class of 10 interns served in the Army, and three in the Marines.
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Community partner spotlight — July 2022

after school matters 2022 summer program

After School Matters 2022 summer program

Since 2017, Peoples Gas has supported programming for Chicago teenagers at After School Matters. For the third consecutive summer, Peoples Gas is sponsoring a program that engages 75 teens in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The program is a collaborative effort with After School Matters and Project SYNcERE, and exposes teens to various disciplines of engineering through project-based, hands-on learning. The curriculum includes an hour per week during which Peoples Gas employees teach the students about natural gas safety and maintaining the company’s delivery system. The students also learn about careers in the natural gas industry and visit the Peoples Energy Training Center in Little Village. After School Matters programs provide young people with opportunities to earn monetary stipends for their efforts. By providing out-of-school programming, After School Matters connects teens with adult mentors, reduces educational inequity and helps break the cycle of poverty.
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Community partner spotlight — June 2022

Center on Halsted exterior during fest

Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. The center provides a safe and welcoming environment to more than 1,000 people daily. Programs at Center on Halsted include volleyball, dance performances, yoga and cooking classes, rapid HIV testing, group therapy, vocational training and job placement. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood, Center on Halsted partners with other local and national organizations to provide additional programming for the community. The center also serves as an incubator for a number of smaller LGBTQ nonprofit groups, providing operational support, space and resources to help the organizations grow.
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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.
View Black Creativity program at the Museum of Science and Industry >