For Release: 05/08/2015

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Partners with Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Employees to Refurbish Louis L. Valentine Club on National Rebuilding Day

Employee "Commitment to the Community Day" Focused on Giving Back to South Side Club

Chicago, IL – 75 Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas employees and 16 students from Chicago Public Schools volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago's Louis L. Valentine Club, to give back to the Bridgeport community as part of the company's 18th annual "Commitment to the Community" day in April.

Infrastructure and engineering experts from Peoples Gas lent their expertise to refurbishing the club's interior spaces, which provide a safe and welcoming place for 1,200 members to make new friends, develop new interests and participate in exciting activities. Volunteers also built coat racks and cubbies in the hallway, assembled heavy-duty shelving in the gym, and built and installed new vanities in the locker rooms and applied a fresh coat of paint to doors and walls.

"Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are committed to giving back to the communities we serve," said Peoples Gas President John Kleczynski. "Our annual 'Commitment to Community Day' is just one demonstration of the dedication our employees have to the communities in which we live and work. We are proud to be working alongside Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago and our next generation of leaders from Chicago Public Schools on this project."

"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago are extremely grateful to the generous contributions made by employees by Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas," said James Keane, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. "Their donations and volunteer hours make a difference to the youth who turn to Valentine Club to help them reach their full potential as responsible, productive citizens." Keane added.

For more information on the ways in which Peoples Gas gives back to the community visit the stories pages on their website.

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