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The Virginia Natural Gas Foundation commits $75,000 to the Urban League of Hampton Roads to assist in financial literacy programs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – April 18, 2023 – The Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) Foundation has committed $75,000 to assist a local nonprofit organization helping low-to-moderate income families in securing financial stability.

The energy company's nonprofit recently presented a grant to the Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. in support of ongoing initiatives to help program participants with financial fitness workshops and coaching.

“The Virginia Natural Gas Foundation continues to take steps to help our community members build a path toward financial independence and lifelong success,” said Robert Duvall, president of Virginia Natural Gas and a member of the foundation's Board of Directors. “We are proud to support the Urban League of Hampton Roads and its programs that help provide critical financial education and stability to our underserved communities.”

According to Gil Bland, Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. president and CEO, the grant will help program participants build short- and long-term financial plans and achieve important outcomes such as developing a financial plan for the future, open and maintain bank accounts, improve credit scores and implement a budget plan to build monthly savings and investments.  

"We are truly humbled and deeply appreciative by the aligned mission and support provided by the Virginia Natural Gas Foundation," said Bland. "Its significant investment of $75,000 in the Urban League is also a direct investment to the thousands of residents we serve across the Hampton Roads community each year. This funding allows us to help residents who have fallen upon financial hard times and are seeking support from organizations like ours to help them get back on their feet again."

The Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc. was founded in 1978 to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. The ULHR implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization, and collaboration.

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About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service to more than 300,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in southeast Virginia. Consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the company also has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Energy (Virginia Energy) and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association for its safety, innovation, environmental stewardship, community outreach and educational programs, and has been named Local Distribution Company of the Year five times since 2015. The company has been ranked by its business customers as one of the most Trusted Business Partners in the utility industry according to Cogent Reports, and a Top Workplaces in Hampton Roads by Inside Business. For more information, visit and connect with the company on FacebookTwitter,  Instagram, LinkedIn and Nextdoor.

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.4 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit

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