For Release: 04/28/2018

Peoples Gas partners with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club in East Garfield Park for National Rebuilding Day

Nearly 180 employee volunteers help make a difference for company’s 21st annual Commitment to Community Day

CHICAGO – In honor of Rebuilding Day, a national effort to repair homes and neighborhoods, Peoples Gas today joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club to help repair the nonprofit’s facility in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Nearly 180 employee volunteers and their family and friends helped repair the facility for Peoples Gas’ 21st annual Commitment to Community Day. The day of volunteer service brings Peoples Gas employees, family and friends together to make critically needed repairs to a neighborhood-based nonprofit facility.

“Peoples Gas is committed to giving back to the community that it serves,” said Charles Matthews, president and chief executive officer, Peoples Gas. “By partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, we have the power to impact the lives of those in need, and Commitment to Community Day brings us together to donate our time and resources to make a big difference.”

Volunteers have been working over the past month to make major improvements to the facility ‒ repairing plumbing, fixing electrical fixtures and restoring the playground. Peoples Gas also is creating a multimedia room that will enable students to create videos, record podcasts and mix music. The room will include a new computer, camera, mixing board, microphones and green screen. Volunteers also painted, cleaned and made general repairs to the inside and outside of the facility, planted flowers and completed other landscaping work.

“Thanks to the generous support of Peoples Gas and their incredible employees, the children of this community will have a safe place to grow and learn for years to come,” said Mimi LeClair, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago president and CEO. “The physical transformation they helped make possible will allow us to serve even more young people during the critical after-school hours, and we are incredibly grateful for their investment.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago’s mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Serving 18,000 youth ages 6-18, the organization works to provide members with emotional, educational, physical and cultural resources that allow kids to enjoy their childhood and eventually thrive in adulthood.

National Rebuilding Day takes place the last Saturday in April. Teams of volunteers are mobilized to work in partnership with the community to repair the homes and improve the neighborhoods of local residents so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.

“We are proud to partner with Peoples Gas for Commitment to Community Day, as part of our 27th annual National Rebuilding Day event,” said Wanda Ramirez, CEO, Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. “The work being done at the Boys and Girls Club today is key to a larger volunteer effort to repair 88 area homes in just one day. Every year on the last Saturday in April, we host National Rebuilding Day to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and call attention to the ever-increasing need for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago's services in the community.”

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WEC Energy Group