Columbia Gas and Operation Warm Team up to Bring the Heat in More Ways Than One


Warmth is something that is often taken for granted, especially in the frigid winter months. Many of us crank up the thermostat without a second thought. We buy our children the appropriate gear so they are able to play in the snow for hours. At times we forget that warmth is delivered in many ways and that they are all important.

This is how Operation Warm’s partnership with Columbia Gas came to be. Our missions are both focused on providing warmth. Each year the program has been a little different, but the essential mission shines through: making sure that Massachusetts families are warm through the winter.

Wishes Come True in 2018-19 

In 2018, Columbia Gas continued their great work with Operation Warm in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, MA. Over one thousand coats were given to children in need!

Each year Operation Warm opens a wishlist where organizations and schools are able to request coats for the children in their community who need them most. With Columbia Gas’ donation, the wishlist request for South Lawrence East Elementary school was fulfilled and the entire student body received a brand new winter coat.

In addition, coats were also delivered to the school departments in Andover and North Andover, enabling them to distribute the coats to local families.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Operation Warm on such an important initiative that will directly benefit the communities of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover this winter season,” said Mark Kempic, Chief Operating Officer of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. “These communities have been incredibly welcoming and gracious to our teams over the past few months and we look forward to continuing our support of the Greater Lawrence Area for years to come.”

Looking Back: Columbia Gas Invited Their Customers to Help Provide Warmth

During the 2017-2018 season, for every no-cost home energy assessment requested by a customer between September and October, a new coat was given to a child in the community.

Campaign Objectives:

  • Increase employee and customer engagement
  • Strengthen community relations

Campaign Accomplishments:

  • 600 children received brand new winter coats
  • 50 Columbia Gas employees volunteered to gift coats in person
  • Positive community events in Taunton, Brockton, Lawrence, Methuen, Northampton, Easthampton, Agawam and Springfield

The Power of Warmth

The act of spreading of warmth and kindness is contagious. The impact of our partnership with Columbia Gas is seen not only in the smiling faces of children receiving brand new coats but in the smiles of Columbia Gas employees as well.

“We do some great events throughout the year;” Steve Bryant, President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts stated, “but this one, given the fact that we get to have all of these people together; this is probably the best event of the year.”

One Columbia Gas employee said, “After a day like this, it really just makes you appreciative of what you have. We’re just really grateful that we can participate in this.”

Energy Companies & Operation Warm: A Shared Purpose

Energy companies are natural partners for Operation Warm. The reason? A shared purpose.

According to a recent survey, 89% of executives said a strong sense of collective purpose drives employee satisfaction; 84% said it can affect an organization’s ability to transform, and 80% said it helps increase customer loyalty.

A genuine collective purpose is what makes the partnerships between energy companies and Operation Warm profound. Together, we make an immediate and meaningful impact in local communities across the country. We are dedicated to keeping children warm and bringing communities together all to benefit children in need.

Interested in aligning your organization with Operation Warm’s mission to provide warmth, confidence and hope to children in need? Learn more about our corporate partnership opportunities.

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