We work hard to reliably deliver natural gas to your home - so you can do the things you love - from warm showers to cooking your favorite meal. We also work equally hard to make our community a better place for all of us. From supporting our veterans, to energizing students across Chicago, we are proud to work for you. Here are some examples of us out in the community:

Veterans Training Program

Supporting Our Veterans

Veterans Training Program We partnered with our union, Gas Workers Local 18007, the Utility Workers Union of America's Power for America Training Trust Fund, and City Colleges of Chicago to create the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP) to train returning veterans to prepare for careers in the natural gas industry. The seven-month program includes classroom instruction and in-field training. The program is affiliated with the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program. Graduates receive 52 college credits for an associate degree as well as a Gas Utility Worker Advanced Certification at Dawson Technical Institute, a satellite site of Kennedy-King College. We've hired 400 veterans from the program. For information on how to participate in this program, visit https://power4america.org/discover/military-programs/.

Peoples Energy Training Center

Career Development

Peoples Energy Training Center The state-of-the-art facility provides annual training to more than 1,600 utility workers and fire officials across the region, while also supporting much-needed vocational programming to prepare Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students for future jobs in the natural gas and energy field.

The 100,000-square-foot training center, located at 4228 W. 35th Place, features indoor and outdoor training areas, including a fully functioning natural gas delivery system with 20 structures for training in system maintenance, natural gas leak investigation, excavation and directional drilling. The campus also includes an area for fire prevention training with the Chicago Fire Department and an area for commercial driver's license training.

CONSTRUCT Peoples Gas partners with ComEd and Nicor Gas to support CONSTRUCT, a program created to increase the pool of qualified minority candidates for construction industry jobs. Participants receive career guidance, life skills training and practical education. Students can choose from two educational tracks: construction/skills trades or office/customer service.

Other partners include labor unions, social service agencies and construction and engineering companies. To learn how to apply, call one of the following organizations:

  • ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois
    773-342-1539
  • Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC)
    773-921-2121
  • Chicago Urban League
    773-285-5800
  • National Latino Education institute (NLEI)
    773-247-0707, ext. 257
  • Quad County Urban League
    630-851-2203
  • SER Jobs for Progress
    708-222-3100
  • St. Sabina Employment Resource Center
    773-783-3760
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
    312-372-6600 (Chicago) or 312-439-6229 (south suburbs)
Peoples Gas Utility Training Program

Educating Chicago's Youth

Peoples Gas Utility Training Program In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, Peoples Gas created a vocational training program to prepare high school students for jobs in the natural gas and energy field. Students from four area high schools participate in the program, which includes a summer internship, field trips to the Peoples Energy Training Center and after-school courses for seniors to prepare for jobs in the natural gas industry.

Energizing Student Potential Program (ESP) A partnership between area utilities and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, the Energizing Student Potential Program (ESP) works to develop the future scientists and engineers of Illinois. ESP brings together standards-based classes for use in the classroom or afterschool programs for students in grades 5 through 8. The program provides tools for students and teachers to learn about and teach their communities about energy.

Support for Chicago Public Schools' students Peoples Gas supports the students, parents and teachers of the Chicago Public Schools through a variety of activities. Our engineers lead science clubs at 16 middle schools and are judges — along with other company employees — at the annual CPS Student Science Fair. Our Super Savers energy-efficiency education program teaches students how to save energy. We offer opportunities for our employees to volunteer at work as tutors for CPS students. And we support many area nonprofits providing services in the schools, from counseling to environmental education. Learn about some of those organizations and their initiatives in the CPS calendar for 2019-2020.

Cubs Charites Peoples Gas supports Cubs Charities' RBI Scholars Program for student athletes. About 140 students at four Chicago high schools participate in RBI Scholars every year. The program helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in school, maintain game eligibility and maximize potential for earning college scholarships.

The Night Ministry

Serving Those in Need

The Night Ministry The Night Ministry provides resources and support to people struggling with poverty or homelessness. In addition to financial support from the company, each month Peoples Gas volunteers assemble 200 sack suppers for The Night Ministry to distribute to clients. Volunteers also put together hygiene kits distributed to clients each winter.

Commitment to Community Day Every April, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, Peoples Gas volunteers spend a day making much-needed repairs to a neighborhood-based service organization. The company's Commitment to Community Day is its most popular volunteer event, drawing more than 200 employees, family and friends annually. Organizations benefiting from Commitment to Community Day include homeless shelters, counseling centers, boys and girls clubs and other nonprofit groups.

Special Olympics Chicago A team of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas employees, family and friends raised more than $125,000 for Special Olympics Chicago at the 2019 Chicago Polar Plunge. Peoples Gas sponsors the annual fundraiser at North Avenue Beach, which supports year-round programs for more than 7,500 athletes involved in Special Olympics programs in the area. Peoples Gas also provides direct funding to Special Olympics Chicago.

Angel Tree Program Every holiday season, Peoples Gas employees purchase and wrap nearly 500 gifts for children and adults in need. Community partners for 2019 include:

White Sox Charities Chicago White Sox Charities contributes to nonprofit organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area committed to causes such as fighting cancer, improving the lives of youth through education, assisting at-risk children and families, and supporting health and wellness programs. Peoples Gas supports White Sox Charities through its Ks for a Cause initiative.

Seven Generations Ahead

Sustaining the Environment

Seven Generations Ahead Since 2008, Seven Generations Ahead has educated Chicago students about waste reduction and helped schools increase recycling, eliminate waste sources and compost food scraps through its Zero Waste Schools program. Peoples Gas has provided funding for curriculum development and a commercial composting initiative in 14 participating schools. Through recycling, composting, and food recovery, the schools divert roughly 85 percent of their waste from landfills.


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