Nicor Gas’ Volunteer Week: May 11-18

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Nicor Gas’ commitment to its customers, neighbors and communities extends beyond the delivery of clean, safe, reliable affordable natural gas. Hundreds of employees, their families and friends will come together during Nicor Gas’ 23rd annual Volunteer Week: May 11-18 to lend their time and talents to organizations in many of the communities where we live, work and serve.

“Nicor Gas employees are inextricably woven into the communities we are privileged to serve, and Volunteer Day continues to be one of the traditions we are most proud of,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas. “As a company, we want to be judged not only by the service we provide, but also for what we do to improve the quality of life for all people in the places where we live and work. We hope that our pledge to volunteerism inspires others to make the same commitment, not just on one day or week, but throughout the year.”

Twenty events have been planned throughout Nicor Gas’ Volunteer Week, from clean up and planting at a nature center in Palos Heights to food sorting in Yorkville and Rockford, and donation assistance at a mission in Bloomington, and many events in-between including Hanover Park, Joliet, Woodstock and Naperville. Volunteer Week activities include:

Saturday, May 11

  • Painting bedrooms at a shelter for women and children in Downers Grove
  • Food sorting and cleanup at Kendall County Community Food Pantry, Yorkville
  • Food sorting, cleanup and yardwork at Rock River Food Pantry, Rockford
  • Construction of a new home with DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Hanover Park

Monday, May 13

  • Preparing sack lunches at DuPage PADS, Wheaton

Tuesday, May 14

  • Assistance at Volunteers of America, Joliet

Wednesday, May 15

  • Outdoor cleanup and landscaping at a shelter for women and children in Aurora

Thursday, May 16

  • Care kit packaging to benefit United Way of Metro Chicago, Des Plaines
  • Care kit packaging to benefit United Way of Metro Chicago, Glen Ellyn

Friday, May 17

  • Food sorting at Loaves & Fishes, Naperville
  • Care kit packaging to benefit United Way of Metro Chicago, Naperville

Saturday, May 18

  • Yardwork and planting at Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal, Bloomington
  • Outdoor cleanup and planting at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights
  • Outdoor cleanup at Hearthstone Manor, Woodstock
  • Landscaping and indoor cleanup at Adventure Works, Dekalb
  • Food sorting at Restoration Ministries, Harvey
  • Sorting donated materials at Home Sweet Home Mission, Bloomington
  • Food sorting at Northern Illinois Food Bank, Geneva
  • Food sorting at Northern Illinois Food Bank, Joliet
  • Painting an outdoor cleanup at a shelter for women and children in Woodstock

Since 1996, Nicor Gas’ Volunteer Day occurred the third Saturday in the month of May. Last year the annual effort grew from one day to encompass an entire week of activities to benefit the communities served by Nicor Gas. To learn more about Nicor Gas’ community involvement, visit