From luaus to thingamajigs, July was busy for volunteers.
Summer has arrived, and Washington Gas employees are out in full force to support our many communities. Below are just a few of the great causes where they are cheerfully donating their time and talents. Well done, volunteers!
Leveling the Playing Field
Since 2013, Leveling the Playing Field has been collecting new and gently used sports and playground equipment from the local youth sports community. Volunteers from Washington Gas met up to sort warehouse donations that were then distributed to schools, youth groups organizations and community programs throughout the local area.
Wearing lavender shirts as part of the “blue brigade,” our enthusiastic volunteers marched in the 2022 Capital Pride Parade. Washington Gas fleet vehicles were also spotted during the festivities, which marked the District of Columbia’s first official Pride Parade since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. Volunteers were also on-hand to support the Capital Pride Festival, marking a full weekend of celebration for an estimated half million anticipated attendees.
2022 Prince George’s County Multicultural Festival
On June 11, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County hosted its inaugural event at the Show Place Arena/Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Washington Gas was proud to help sponsor this upbeat event to celebrate community, culture and diversity. Several hundred attendees enjoyed a day of food, music, dance performances and vendors from all backgrounds. Employees from Stakeholder Engagement and Damage Prevention provided information on Washington Gas Cares programs and damage prevention, plus lots of fun giveaways.
Lawyers Have Heart
Fleet-footed volunteers joined more than 4,000 runners and walkers on the streets of Georgetown – and online – for the 32nd annual Lawyers Have Heart 10k, 5k & Fun Walk. A partnership with the American Heart Association, this year’s event raised a record-breaking $1.26 million that will help support heart health and research.
Juneteenth weekend was filled with activities across our communities. The Washington Gas African American Resource Council (AARC) and Stakeholder Engagement Department partnered with BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, for Juneteenth activities. The Engagement team also joined Bread for the City for a community celebration in Ward 8. New friends from the visiting Howard University members of Mandela Washington Fellows provided enthusiastic support to help make the weekend a success.
Latin American Youth Center Food Distribution
As part of a year-long support campaign, Washington Gas volunteers assisted the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Maryland with food distributions from the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). The team coordinated more than 300 food boxes and 150 hot meals to residents of Prince George’s county, and they will return in July to keep the good work going. It’s always a pleasure to visit our vibrant Maryland communities and support the CAFB in providing more than 45 million meals each year.