Employees and executives worked with local Habitat for Humanity chapter on building four playhouses to help partner families and non-profit organizations
LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2019 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) partnered with Kings Care Foundation, the award-winning charity of the LA Kings, to build playhouses benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) on Friday, Mar. 29. Employee volunteers built four durable and fully functional playhouses, constructing the walls, doors, windows, trim, roof and painting the structures. The completed playhouses will be on display at the L.A. Kings’ Fan Fest on Saturday, Mar. 30. Photos available here. The playhouses will be donated to Habitat for Humanity partner families, their ReStores or other local non profit organizations that benefit children, military and veteran families. The playhouses are perfect for preschoolers and early elementary school aged children and are custom built from wood and real roofing material. These are quality playhouses that will last a long time and provide a world where kids can foster their development and creativity.
“At SoCalGas, our commitment to the communities we serve goes beyond providing safe, and reliable natural gas service,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of strategy and engagement for SoCalGas. “We are proud to support Habitat LA’s mission to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter and affordable housing.”
“We are once again honored to partner with two long-time Habitat LA supporters, the Los Angeles Kings and SoCalGas, for a Habitat LA Playhouse Build Day at LA Live/Staples Center to kick off Fan Fest 2019,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO at Habitat LA. “The Los Angeles Kings and SoCalGas have really proven their commitment to our mission through their generous support over the years, as well as their willingness to physically and financially help us build hope and homes in the greater Los Angeles area.”
Bailey, the Official Mascot of the LA Kings, the LA Kings Ice Crew and Daryl Evans, LA Kings player from 1981-85 and currently a Kings Radio Analyst, attended the playhouse build event in support of Habitat LA. SoCalGas and Kings Care Foundation split a $30,000 donation to benefit the affordable housing nonprofit.
Habitat LA’s Playhouse Program is a unique building opportunity that provides children in the community with a place to call their own while supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide families with affordable housing solutions.
In 2018, SoCalGas invested more than $7.5 million, through financial and in-kind donations, to nearly 1,000 educational, environmental, and community organizations across its service territory. Learn more about the company’s giving here. ###
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. As the top nonprofit homebuilder in the greater Los Angeles area with five consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings, Habitat LA has partnered with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 1,300 homes locally and worldwide since 1990. the lives of thousands of individuals have been transformed as a result of having a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes and pay an affordable mortgage. By supporting Habitat LA through volunteerism, donations and supporting affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the stability and self-reliance they need to build a better future. To learn more, visit www.habitatla.org.
About Kings Care Foundation
In its twenty-one-year history, the Kings Care Foundation (federal tax ID number 95-4443065) has donated over $11 million in monetary and in-kind support to the local Los Angeles community. The award-winning charity of the LA Kings is dedicated to providing health, educational and recreational opportunities for youth of the Greater Los Angeles area. Among the foundation’s ongoing pledges to the city of Los Angeles is a $1,000,000 commitment to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in support of the Neurosurgery and Pathology Departments, a $1,000,000 donation towards capital improvements to Loma Linda Ronald McDonald house in conjunction with the Hope Reigns Foundation, a $1,000,000 commitment to fund a new YMCA Ball Hockey program at all 26 LA locations, and a $2,500,000 contribution to Discovery Cube LA to construct and maintain a permanent “Science of Hockey” interactive, education exhibit.
About SoCalGas Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
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