Wrapping the World in Warmth: 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. For the second consecutive year, we have partnered with Columbia Gas and the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts to provide brand new winter coats to children in need.

Columbia Gas Invited Their Customers to Help Provide Warmth

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.”

Columbia Gas employees were inspired to do even more. Not only did they volunteer their time to give coats to kids, they also joined together to provide 600 sets of hats and mittens to go with the coats.

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.

Continued Success in 2018-19

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

“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.”

With Columbia Gas’ donation, the entire student body at South Lawrence East Elementary School received brand new coats. Coats were also delivered to the school departments in Andover and North Andover, enabling them to distribute the coats to local families.

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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