SAN FRANCISCO, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced its first-ever Month of Service program, featuring over 100 employee volunteer projects throughout Northern and Central California during National Volunteer Month in April. PG&E will partner with HandsOn Network and Points of Light, a leading volunteer organization, on these different projects.
PG&E will officially launch the program on April 4, when CEO Tony Earley will be joined by nearly 80 employee volunteers at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco. Volunteers will remove graffiti, cleanup the shoreline, plant native vegetation and conduct various other park renovations.
"For more than a quarter of a century, one of the most significant ways we have served our communities is through our volunteer program," said Ezra Garrett, PG&E Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. "Last year alone, PG&Eers gave more than 41,000 volunteer hours to communities throughout our service area. And each year, these numbers continue to grow as our employees generously give their time to support our neighbors in need."
Anchored by PG&E's annual Earth Day clean-up and restoration projects in partnership with the California State Parks Foundation, the Month of Service will also feature a variety of other volunteer activities that cater to the broad range of employee interests. Volunteer activities will include restoration of state parks, neighborhood emergency response training, stuffing backpacks for students, building playgrounds and installing solar panels on Habitat for Humanity homes.
About Points of Light
Points of Light—the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service—mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. It brings the power of people to bear where it matters most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
About HandsOn Network
The volunteer-activation division of Points of Light Institute, Hands on Network includes 250 community action centers that deliver 30 million hours of volunteer service each year and extend to 16 countries around the world. These centers focus on helping people plug into volunteer opportunities in their local communities, partnering with more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations to manage volunteer resources, and developing the leadership capacity of volunteers. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $626 million. For more information, please visit www.HandsOnNetwork.org.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.
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