Posts for the Category ‘Partnerships’

Mar
23
2015
9:42 am

Community Partner Spotlight – MUST Ministries

Gas South is committed to supporting the communities we serve through our Gas South Cares program. Through this program, we partner with some of the most effective nonprofit organizations in the state. Gas South would like to feature one of our most enriching partnerships, one that we are proud to work with all year long.

MUST Ministries is a volunteer-driven organization providing a range of services to needy people, from food and clothing to job training. We recently spoke with Don Crampton of MUST Ministries to learn more about the organization.

What is your organization’s mission?   

Serving our neighbors in need; transforming lives and communities in response to the call of Christ.

Why is your organization’s mission important?   

MUST Ministries serves close to 34,000 people in eight north Georgia counties. We’re the largest safety net for the poorest, most desperate residents in this region. MUST helps them meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, and clothing, while also providing longer-term resources, like counseling and training needed for employment.

Is there an upcoming initiative you would like to highlight? 

The MUST’s Summer Lunch program serves approximately 5,000 children per day in eight counties. In 2014, 254,000 sack lunches reached hungry children in our 19th year of meeting this tremendous need. Thousands of volunteers made sandwiches, packed lunches, checked sacks, drove lunches to sites, contributed supplies, donated money and partnered in a host of ways to be sure children would not go hungry. [If you’re interested in donating your time to the Summer Lunch program, check out this site.]

How has Gas South’s partnership benefitted your organization?

We are extremely honored to have the support of Gas South for the past five years. Their desire to serve is demonstrated by their actions. Gas South has helped MUST Ministries in all areas, through volunteerism as well as corporate contributions. In particular, Gas South is a sponsor of our two largest fundraising events, the Safe Refuge Gala and the Annual Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog. Gas South is also a major supporter of our Summer Lunch program and is the lead sponsor for our Step Up Your Game: Getting People Back to Work seminar.

What have Gas South employees done to help MUST Ministries?

Several Gas South employees have volunteered over the years to serve at MUST Ministries. More specifically, Gas South has been one of the lead participants in our employment education area, offering assistance in helping our clients to enhance resume writing skills and prepare for job interviews.

Gas South has worked with MUST Ministries for over five years, and we’d like to encourage you to get involved with the organization. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, click here.

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Mar
5
2015
11:21 am

Community Partner Spotlight – Action Ministries

Action Ministries is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of services to Georgians who have fallen on hard times. By meeting basic needs of hunger relief, housing and education, Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their potential. We recently spoke with Rebecca Whicker of Action Ministries to learn a bit more about the organization:

 What is your organization’s mission?  

Action Ministries mobilizes communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education.

 Why is your organization’s mission important?   

Georgia has the second largest number of homeless children in the nation, it ranks second highest in the nation in the number of homeless veterans, and it has more than one million children who are food insecure. Last year, Action Ministries was able to serve over 140,000 people with the help of partners and volunteers. We want to break the cycle of poverty and ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their full potential.

 Is there an upcoming initiative you would like to highlight? 

Our Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program is an initiative we prepare for year round. We also have our Feed the Hungry Food Box initiative, and we’ve made it easier to get involved. If any of your readers would like to help feed a hungry family they can text FOODBOX to 41444 and donate from their mobile phone. If your readers would like to keep up with the action and receive periodic updates from Action Ministries, they can text ACTIONHERO to 51555.

 How has Gas South’s partnership benefitted your organization?

Gas South has given its time to support our hunger relief efforts through Smart Lunch, Smart Kid and Feed the Hungry. In the summer of 2014, with the financial and volunteer support, we were able to provide over 219,000 lunches to children in need. Gas South’s financial and volunteer support of our Food Box initiative will help us provide more than 400,000 meals to hungry families over the next few years

What have Gas South employees done to help Action Ministries?

Gas South employees participate in lunch-making events throughout the summer, providing meals to children who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the school year but are at risk of going hungry during the summer break. Gas South employees have also helped pack food boxes at our Feed the Hungry warehouse. We love our Gas South volunteers!

Gas South has worked with Action Ministries since 2012, and we’d like to encourage you to get involved with the organization. For more information on how to volunteer, click here or if you would like to donate, click here.

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Apr
24
2014
9:20 am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta win our Charity Cornhole Challenge

For the third year in a row, we sponsored our annual Charity Cornhole Challenge at SweetWater Brewing’s 420 Festival. Even though the conditions were pretty gloomy on Saturday, our competitors didn’t let the weather stop them from helping out a great cause and we had an excellent turn out!

Cornhole Competitors – Dan and Bret, from Virginia Highlands.

Several months ago, we partnered with Cornhole Atlanta to set up preliminary tournaments around the metro area. The winners of the preliminary tournaments faced off on Saturday with a VIP party at SweetWater up for grabs. Mike Bailey, from Perry, and his cornhole partner Bobby Mumper, from Jasper, came out on top and brought home the championship title.

Cornhole Competitors – Jonathan Chavis, from Jackson, & Bobby Mumper, from Jasper. 

Cornhole Champs! Bobby Mumper, from Jasper and Mike Bailey, from Perry.

 

Thanks to the success of Saturday’s challenge, we were able to raise quite a bit of money from team registrations. Hundreds of festival goers also donated cash in exchange for some fun Gas South swag (sunglasses, ponchos, coozies, etc.). By Sunday, we had raised $7,000 which was matched by SweetWater and Gas South bringing the overall jackpot for our Charity Cornhole Tournamanent to $21,000. 16 area nonprofits competed in Sunday’s tournament for a chance to win the grand prize which was won by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. We awarded them a big check for $15,000 and divided the remaining $6,000 among the other finalists, The Giving Kitchen, Atlanta Humane Society and Georgia Jack Russell Rescue.

Our Charity Cornhole winners!

Overall, it was a great weekend and we really appreciate everyone coming out. See you next year!

SweetWater 420 Fest

 

 

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Apr
18
2014
4:18 pm

Tips and tricks for becoming a cornhole champion

 

The SweetWater 420 Fest is THIS WEEKEND, which means it’s time for Gas South’s Annual Charity Cornhole Tournament. This year, we partnered with Cornhole Atlanta to host mini tournaments all around town and the ultimate showdown between the winners begins tomorrow at the festival. The champions will receive a VIP Party at SweetWater Brewery. Then, our Charity Cornhole Tournament begins on Sunday and over twenty nonprofits will be competing for $15,000! The money will be raised through the open cornhole tournaments and these funds will be matched by donations from Gas South and SweetWater.

To get everyone ready for this year’s showdown, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of rules and regulations of cornhole.

We’ll start with the game setup:

  • Make sure you’re playing on a nice flat surface with two league-approved boards. Bonus points for homemade sets!
  • Boards should be two feet wide and four feet long, with a six-inch hole centered nine inches from the top. Each board should be angled with the top edge of the playing surface 12 inches above the ground, and the bottom edge propped three to four inches above the ground.
  • Place the boards directly facing each other, 27 to 33 feet apart.
  • Each game requires eight bean bags that weigh 15 to 16 ounces and measure roughly six inches wide.
  • Cornhole can be played with two or four players. In a four-player game, your partner’s pitching box will be directly across from you. In a two-player game, if you start throwing from the left side of the board, you’ll walk directly across to the other board, and throw back from the right side.

Now that you’ve got your game set up, it’s time for some action!

  • Decide who goes first. Use a coin flip to decide who tosses the first bag.
  • Next, you let your opponent toss his bag. After he successfully tosses his bag, you toss yours, and well, y’all get the point.
  • Your feet should never pass the front edge of your cornhole board. If you step in front of the board, you get a foul. Foul punishments vary from game to game, so don’t cross that line!
  • Make sure a tossed bag never touches the ground. If it hits the ground and bounces up on the board, remove it before any other bags are thrown. If it’s hanging off the board and touching the ground, remove that as well. When all eight bags have been tossed to the other side, add up the score.
  • Once all the bags are tossed, tally up the score and do your victory dance!

How you get to the victory dance:

  • After all bags have been thrown, a bag remaining on the board is worth one point.
  • A bag that went in the hole is worth three points.
  • Add up how many points you earned and compare them to your opponents. Equal points cancel each other out so that only one team can score per round. For example, if you scored five points and your opponent scored three, you will add two points to your overall score and your team will throw first in the next round.
  • If you and your opponent both scored six points, there will be no points awarded.
  • A game is won when a team reaches 21 points with a lead of at least two points. The first team to win two games wins the match.

Cornhole Vocabulary:

  • Woody, Boarder: A bag that ends up on the board.
  • Cornhole, Holer, Corn in the Hole: A bag that ends up in the hole.
  • Dos Cornholes: Throwing two bags in the hole.
  • Holy Moly Triple Cornholy: Throwing three bags in the hole.
  • The Great Cornholio: A person that throws 4 bags in the hole. All present are required to bow down in reverence to this cornholer.
  • Get that corn outta my face!: A term used whenever you successfully counteract your opponent’s attempt to score. For example, when you put a bag in the hole immediately after your opponent does or when you successfully knock your opponent’s bag off the board.
  • Corn on The Cob: When a player puts every bag on the board.
  • Nothin’ but Corn: When a bag is tossed right through the hole without touching the board.

Now that you’ve brushed up on your cornhole lingo, grab a six pack of SweetWater and join us for a great time!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, get them here!

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Apr
17
2014
4:11 pm

Play Ball!

After a long, cold winter and a six-month hiatus, baseball season is finally back.   So what better way to take in last week’s Atlanta Braves home-opener than hanging out with 350 friends, witnessing the special 40-year commemoration of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and spending time with a former boxing heavyweight world champ?

The friends were in fact realtors who attended the 3rd Annual Realtor Appreciation Day, hosted by Gas South, Atlanta Peach Movers, Silverton Mortgage and Pierre & Associates.  It was a great way for us to celebrate, and thank the real estate agents who have helped make our Realtor Advantage Program (RAP) a success.

And the champ? Local legend Evander Holyfield, who even took up cornhole for the night, made possible by Gas South’s Cornhole Challenge. The verdict: He could compete for the ‘cornholder’ championship title, too!

Adding more buzz to the night was the kickoff of our Summer RAP contest. We’re giving away an iPad in May, and every realtor who refers a client to Gas South will be entered into the drawing.

We all had fun and we were thankful for the opportunity to show our appreciation to our realtor partners, who had a great time too!

So here’s to doing it again next year. Go Braves!

 

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Feb
6
2014
7:15 pm

Year Up gives young Atlantans a leg up

A recent study found that Atlanta had the worst income mobility in the U.S. and young Atlantans from low-income households have just a 13 percent chance of moving into the top 40 percent of earners.

Fortunately, there is an organization in Atlanta working to improve these odds. Year Up provides young adults with the skills, support and real-world experience they need to close the opportunity divide through internships at local businesses.

This year, two young women interned at Gas South, where they developed the critical job skills they need to join the workforce.

Jomicka Green and Liliana Tapia are Gas South’s first Year Up interns, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

I believe Year Up training can make candidates a better fit for our company and it helps mitigate the normal hiring risk we see day to day. I wish every young person we hire could go through this class.

While programs like Year Up help companies avoid hiring mistakes, it also gives young adults, who may have a difficult time moving up the economic ladder, the opportunity of a brighter future.

Liliana told me that she had to prioritize and either stay with Year Up and be something or stay with the hostess job and be nothing. She decided she had nothing to lose. I commend Liliana and Jomicka for their determination and tenacity. And we thank Year Up for creating this incredibly successful program!

For more information on Year Up, visit the organization’s website or check out a recent article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Oct
10
2013
2:24 pm

Gas South partners with Buckhead Coalition

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Buckhead Coalition that will provide annual funding for the Buckhead-based Shepherd Center Adolescent Program. Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition president and former mayor of Atlanta, made the announcement in a press conference late last month.

Under the partnership, Gas South will offer discounted natural gas rates to Buckhead residents and businesses. The Buckhead Coalition will receive funding from Gas South for each resident and business that opts in to the program and will then donate the funds to the Shepherd Center Adolescent Program, the country’s only special care unit for adolescents suffering from spinal cord injuries.

As a community energy provider, Gas South has similar programs with DeKalb County, several electric membership corporations (EMCs), and numerous municipalities across Georgia and has helped thousands of customers save more than $5.7 million to date. Home to more than 78,000 residents, Buckhead is the first community to donate the funds received to a non-profit organization.

“The Shepherd Center is a mainstay in the Buckhead community, serving thousands of patients across the country annually. We are pleased to be able to donate additional funds to this charitable organization, thanks in large part to Gas South,” said Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition president. “It is our hope that this partnership will be an enduring source of funding for the Center.”

All Buckhead natural gas consumers are eligible for a discount off Gas South’s published rates for as long as they remain customers. Additionally, Gas South will waive the $60 connection fee for establishing service at a new residence. The initial funding pledged to the Center is $5,000, and will increase annually based on program participation. It is the goal of Gas South and the Buckhead Coalition that funding will eventually reach $25,000 per year.

“Gas South is excited to work with Mayor Massell and the staff and board of directors at the Buckhead Coalition. This win-win proposition will provide discounts on natural gas service for Buckhead residents and businesses as well as sustained annual funding for the Shepherd Center’s programs,” said Kevin Greiner, Gas South president and CEO. “The Buckhead Coalition is one of our region’s most respected civic organizations, and we are honored to have the opportunity to partner with them on this worthy cause.”

Gas South will fund all marketing efforts and contributions made under the program. All natural gas consumers in the Buckhead community have the option of selecting Gas South as their natural gas provider and opting in to the discount program. Buckhead residents and businesses should visit our website and use the promo code “BUCKHEAD” to opt in.

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Sep
3
2013
12:26 pm

Gas South at the JA Discovery Center

 

Junior Achievement’s Discovery Center is now open at Atlanta’s World Congress Center! We are thrilled to be one of the 36 companies with storefronts inside the learning simulation. The state of the art center is one of only ten in the nation and is expected to serve more than 30,000 middle school children each year. The new, interactive space is designed to teach kids about financial literacy with students from the Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Marietta City school districts taking part in the program.

Students visiting the Gas South storefront will learn about natural gas, the cost of heating a household and energy saving tips. We are excited to be a part of this important program and our employees look forward to volunteering in the Center!

 

Kevin Greiner and Meredith Hodges at the Gas South storefront.

Want to get involved with Junior Achievement? Check out their website here.

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May
31
2013
5:08 pm

Atlanta, a foodie’s paradise

From the desk of Chris Coan, VP & GM of Business and Governmental Markets at Gas South.

The Atlanta Visitors & Convention Bureau (ACVB) is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The city will be hosting many events and recognizing great leaders who have helped Atlanta and the ACVB reach this milestone. Atlanta’s reputation as a “foodie’s paradise” is growing rapidly and the ACVB and Gas South are teaming together to sponsor Atlanta’s 100 Signature Dishes. Throughout 2013, chefs from all over Atlanta will feature their signatures dishes and, if you pace yourself, you can eat all 100 entrees by the end of the year. Not to be outdone by the great food, restaurants and bars will also be featuring 100 signature cocktails. Visit your favorite mixologist and try their wonderful creations. If you are wondering where to find all these great places to eat, check out Atlanta Eats.  Gas South is proud to sponsor the new TV show as their host, Steak Shapiro, searches Atlanta for great meals. Visit their website and check out the restaurants featured in season one.

Gas South would also like to congratulate John C. Metz, Jr., CEO, Executive Chef and co-founder of Sterling Spoon Culinary Management. John has been honored as the 2013 Gold Plate Award recipient by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), which recognizes excellence in eight segments of foodservice operations. John is the creator of several Atlanta-area concepts, including Market Street Café, Aqua Blue and Marlow’s Tavern. Gas South has worked with John and his team for many years and greatly appreciates his business and his friendship.

Now it’s time to quench your thirst and enjoy a delicious meal (or 100). As they say in the business, “Come hungry and come often”!

-Chris

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Feb
22
2013
11:31 am

Gas South goes to the Circus

Mance, Camille and Lloyd Irvin from Decatur

You’ve all heard of the Greatest Show on Earth, right? Gas South helps make it great for local special needs children by partnering with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus producer, Feld Entertainment to host a pre-show event just for them and their families.

Last week, Gas South hosted more than 200 special needs children at Philip’s Arena for a night of circus magic. Working with our partners, we provided them with free admission to the Friday night show and a unique pre-show event created especially for our guests. The children interacted with circus animals and performers on the arena floor, enjoying full VIP treatment and experiences tailored to their special needs.  It truly was a magical night!

Cooper Radford from Atlanta makes friends with a clown.

Melissa Waller Longshore, the mother of twin boys who both have cerebral palsy, wrote to us to tell us about their experience at Philip’s last week, “Gas South, I want to thank you for allowing 425 special needs families an opportunity to attend the Ringling Brothers circus. I was one of those 425 families and I want to speak for those special needs families who attended the circus and let you know that your actions speak volumes about who you are as people and about Gas South, the company. That you see merit in reaching out to the community, every member in it, that you see value in people. I wanted to let you know that your generosity meant so much to so many….Thank you.”

We are now gearing up for more circus fun tonight at Gwinnett Center! We’ll be hosting the whole event again for another big group and we couldn’t be more excited.

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates next week. So, what’s your favorite circus memory?

Gas South employees, Wakeeta and Geoffrey team up with a circus clown to get ready to greet our guests!

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