Georgia Natural Gas (GNG), Georgia’s leading natural gas provider, announced today that it will award 13 Georgia nonprofit organizations a total of $50,000 in grants through its first TrueBlue Community Awards.  The nonprofits include organizations from around the state that share the company’s community outreach focus on children and education, seniors, energy assistance, and  environmental sustainability.

For more than a decade, GNG has worked hard to demonstrate its deep commitment to the people, nonprofit organizations and communities of Georgia.  The company has been recognized nationally and locally for its community outreach efforts. GNG also has donated millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, and its employees have volunteered countless hours of time to schools and nonprofits. To celebrate more than a decade of giving, GNG is giving even more through these awards.

“GNG is proud to recognize these outstanding community organizations, and we are greatly impressed by the extraordinary work they perform for Georgians,” said GNG President and CEO Mike Braswell. “We hope that these grants help them continue their mission.  They inspire us, and their work makes Georgia a better place each and every day.”

The finalists for the 2011 TrueBlue Community Awards are as follows:

  • Auditory Verbal Center (Atlanta)
  • Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (Atlanta)
  • Economic Opportunity Authority/Foster Grandparents (Savannah)
  • Families First (Atlanta)
  • Friend’s House (McDonough)
  • Glynn Environmental Coalition (Brunswick)
  • HOPE Atlanta (Atlanta)
  • House Proud /Atlanta Community ToolBank (Atlanta)
  • North Fulton Community Charities (Roswell)
  • Prevent Blindness Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Resource Service Ministries (Atlanta)
  • Senior Connections (Atlanta)
  • WIT Foundation/Women in Technology (Atlanta)

An independent panel of community leaders selected the finalists for the awards. 

The TrueBlue Community Awards will be presented on Wednesday, October 26, at a special reception in the Georgian Ballroom of the Biltmore building, which is home to GNG headquarters in Atlanta .The reception and awards ceremony will be emceed by WXIA-TV’s Karyn Greer.

About Georgia Natural Gas

Georgia Natural Gas is part of SouthStar Energy Services, a preeminent retail natural gas marketing company. Based in Atlanta, SouthStar is a joint venture between AGL Resources, Inc., and Piedmont Natural Gas Co. In addition to operating in Georgia as Georgia Natural Gas, SouthStar also does business in the Carolinas as Piedmont Energy Company, in Ohio as Ohio Natural Gas, in Florida as Florida Natural Gas, in New York as New York Natural Gas, in Maryland as Maryland Energy and in other parts of the Southeast as SouthStar Energy Services.  For more information: www.onlygng.com.

SOURCE Georgia Natural Gas