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Community Involvement

Virginia Natural Gas is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves.

Virginia Natural Gas Celebrates 20 Years of Taking the Plunge for Special Olympics

While we’re keeping our customers nice and warm this winter, many Virginia Natural Gas employees volunteered to experience the big chill! For the 20th consecutive year, Team VNG came out strong to support Special Olympics during the annual Polar Plunge event in Virginia Beach.

More than 40 Virginia Natural Gas employees, family and friends who took the plunge into the frigid Atlantic Ocean donning their winter “swimwear” and camouflage print team sweatshirts. Through company contributions and fundraising, the team raised more than $30,000 for this great cause.

Polar Plunge 2019

Salvation Army Christmas Depot

In December, dozens of Virginia Natural Gas employees volunteered to help our friends at the Salvation Army with their annual Christmas Depot in Virginia Beach. Through the Salvation Army and other local charities, the Christmas Depot provides Christmas and hope for nearly 200,000 people in need throughout Hampton Roads.  Our employee volunteer day included helping families in need with their shopping, handing out Angel Tree clothes boxes and food, and assisting guests to their cars.

In preparation for this event, Virginia Natural Gas employees sponsored 25 children through the Angel Tree program by shopping to provide them with new clothing, coats and shoes.

AHA Heart Walk 

Thank you to those employees who participated in the annual American Heart Association Heart Walks in both Virginia Beach and Newport News this year. In addition to our corporate donation, funds were raised by employees through office chili cook-offs, paper heart sales and other events. 

United Way Day of Caring

In September, as part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring, more than 20 Virginia Natural Gas employees volunteered their time to help our friends at ForKids in Norfolk with a day of landscaping, painting and cleaning and at the Courthouse Way Community Center in Newport News with needed gardening projects. Follow the conversation #VNGCares.

Employee Volunteer Week

We'd like to thank the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for the opportunity to work alongside them to give back to our community during our annual Volunteer Week event in March.  Dozens of employees came out to volunteer with sorting potatoes into family- sized bags for community distribution on the Southside and assisted with the mobile food pantry on the peninsula. Follow the conversation #VNGCares.

Supporting March of Dimes

Dozens of Virginia Natural Gas employees and family members came out in support of the annual March of Dimes March for Babies events in Virginia Beach and on the Peninsula. More than $5,500 was raised this year through various fundraising activities including bake sales, cookouts, 50/50 raffles, a cornhole tournament and employee donations.

New Scholarship Established for Radford University Students

Virginia Natural Gas recently contributed $20,000 to the Radford University Foundation, Inc. to establish the Virginia Natural Gas Scholarship. The scholarship will assist high-achieving Radford University juniors or seniors studying accounting, finance, information technology or STEM related fields.

Scholarship recipients will be from the Virginia Natural Gas service territories of Chesapeake, Hampton, Hanover, James City, New Kent, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Suffolk, Virginia Beach or York.

The Virginia Natural Gas Scholarship will provide $1,000 per semester or $2,000 per year to one or two students each year, renewable for up to two academic years.  Radford University will be selecting the recipients. Learn More >>

Virginia Natural Gas helps bring the core values of golf and leadership skills to students 

On what was originally scheduled to be a teacher workday turned snow day-makeup-day for students, dozens of elementary school physical education teachers and administrators came together at the East Ocean View Community Center to embark on a new training lesson of their own. They were there to learn how to play and teach golf. Thanks to a generous donation from Southern Company and Virginia Natural Gas, more than 20 teachers participated in training for The First Tee National Student Program.

Virginia Natural Gas has always been a strong partner with local area schools in educating students. This training will leverage golf to instill life and leadership skills in disadvantaged children through the game's challenges and its nine core values - honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. 

We look forward to partnering with The First Tee to bring their national program to additional area schools later this year.

Restoring the Longleaf Pine

Virginia Natural Gas has joined the Nature Conservancy in its push to restore a key piece of the Southeast's environmental heritage – the longleaf pine. 

In addition to providing financial support of the Nature Conservancy in support of its efforts to restore the longleaf pine, we planted six young longleaf pines on the grounds outside of the Virginia Beach office. 

We are proud that the longleaf pines will grow and hopefully thrive outside of our building. We will continue to support the Nature Conservancy’s multi-year effort to restore the historic longleaf pine and will work with the group to plant more trees throughout our region.