North Shore Gas supports many organizations in the communities we serve. Here are just a few examples.
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
North Shore Gas is a proud supporter of the new Bess Bower Dunn Museum at the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s headquarters in Libertyville. The museum showcases the history of Lake County and features a one-of-a-kind, scientifically accurate 20-foot model of a Dryptosaurus, a dinosaur that roamed the area about 67 million years ago. It also includes Native American artifacts, Civil War-era items and a reproduction of a one-room schoolhouse, among other displays.
North Shore Gas provides funding for the museum’s education classroom used for school field trips, community meetings, public lectures and other educational programs. The Bess Bower Dunn Museum opened in March 2018, replacing the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s Discovery Museum.
Angel Tree program
North Shore Gas employees give generously of their time and their wallets. In the spirit of the holiday season, employees purchase and wrap holiday gifts for children and adults in need.
Among the many gifts purchased this year were Paw Patrol pajamas and a stuffed animal for 4-year-old James, a Barbie doll with rainbow hair and puzzles for 6-year-old Dominque, new Transformers for an 8-year-old, a new journal and pens for a 17-year old, a new bike for a child, and a comforter set for a mother and daughter. Employees also donated hundreds of dollars in gift cards for groceries and drug stores.
This year's partner agencies were:
Home and Honor Volunteer Day
More than two dozen North Shore Gas volunteers came together to help refurbish the homes of two veterans in North Chicago on Sept. 23, 2017.
The project was the focus of the second annual Home and Honor volunteer day, during which North Shore Gas employees, family and friends come together to support an affordable housing program run by the Community Action Project of Lake County. The volunteers spent the day painting and cleaning two townhomes for their residents, one a Navy veteran and the other an Air Force vet who served in the Vietnam War. They also installed window blinds and landscaped the exterior of the homes.
Earlier in the week, North Shore Gas employees made multiple improvements to the townhomes, including:
- Repairing a handrail and replacing doorknobs
- Installing a new faucet and toilet
- Installing a new washing machine and building a new platform for a washer and dryer
- Improving ventilation
- Repairing a window
- Installing new entry and storm doors
- Repairing a sidewalk
Company employees also donated towels, curtains, picture frames and other items needed by the veterans.
Peoples Energy Training Center
On June 27, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas President and CEO Charles Matthews, Alderman Ricardo Munoz (22nd), Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval and other community
leaders in celebrating the grand opening of Peoples Energy Training Center in the Little Village neighborhood. The state-of-the-art facility will provide annual training to more than 1,600 utility
workers and fire officials across the region, while also supporting much-needed vocational programming to prepare Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students for future jobs in the natural gas and energy
field. The new facility will be home to the Peoples Gas Utility Training program, a vocational training partnership with CPS. The program kicks off this summer and will prepare students from Dunbar
Vocational, Fenger, Little Village, Lawndale and other area high schools for potential jobs as "Gas-Track" workers following graduation.
The Peoples Gas Utility Training program includes:
- A six-week summer internship for two cohorts of 15 to 20 juniors and/or seniors to experience the natural gas industry.
- Roughly five field trips to the training center and other experiential opportunities.
- After-school training courses for seniors to prepare for natural gas industry job opportunities.
The new 100,000-square-foot training center, located at 4228 W. 35th Place, features indoor and outdoor training areas, including a fully functioning natural gas delivery system with 20 structures for training in system maintenance, natural gas leak investigation, excavation and directional drilling. The campus also includes an area for fire prevention training with the Chicago Fire Department and an area for commercial driver’s license training.
Construction of the facility was led by Ujamaa Construction Inc., a Chicago-based, minority-owned general contractor. Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas also worked with two regional engineering firms to design the center.
North Shore Gas Supports Waukegan's Erie Health Center
North Shore Gas is proud to support the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center. Located just blocks from our headquarters, the center gives residents more access to affordable healthcare and provides bi-lingual service. Dental services are also offered for children and soon-to-be mothers.
Mark Kinzle, North Shore Gas general manager, stated "Supporting the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center was important to us. This center brings quality, affordable healthcare to Lake County and that's great for the communities we serve."
For more than 50 years, Erie Family Health Centers have delivered high-quality health services to Chicago residents. With the center in Waukegan, those services are now available to Lake County.