Union Gas Pledges $200,000 To Chatham-Kent United Way 2016 Campaign

'Pacesetter' donation kicks-off annual employee-led fundraising

CHATHAM, ON, Sept. 19, 2016 - Union Gas kicked-off fundraising efforts for the United Way of Chatham-Kent 2016 Campaign with a $200,000 Pacesetter pledge. This pledge represents a portion of the funds to be raised through the company's annual employee-led campaign

Union Gas delivered the pledge at the United Way 2016 Campaign kick-off held at The Kent 1874 in Chatham on September 16. Members of Chatham-Kent municipal council, United Way board members, funded agency partners, staff and volunteers, as well as this year's United Way Campaign Co-Chairs, Patricia Wright and Steve Pratt, were present at the celebration.

"Union Gas is an enthusiastic supporter of the United Way of Chatham-Kent and the work they do in our community" said Ian Ross, Union Gas. "Every year our employees, retirees and volunteers give of themselves to raise money to help support those in need."

The United Way invests in programs that have a wide range of impact. United Way funding supports a network of agencies that provide vital programs to thousands of people in the region - single parents, abused women, families, young children and teenagers, the elderly, the physically challenged, the homeless.  United Way of Chatham-Kent has established a goal of $1,900,000 for the 2016 campaign.

"Union Gas and United Way have been community partners since our organization's inception," said Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, United Way's CEO.  "Our very first Campaign Chair - in 1948 - was Sydney Amherst Morse, the third president and general manager of Union Gas Ltd. That year, the campaign raised just $50,000 for six charter charitable organizations. Over six decades of support from this valued corporate citizen and its employees has ensured that vital health and social services are there when they are needed."

For over 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to providing natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through economic investments, available jobs, municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, volunteer hours, charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3.3 million to community and charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $1 million to United Way.  In addition Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided approximately 19,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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About United Way of Chatham-Kent
The local United Way is one of 108 United Ways across the country and 1,800 around the globe in 40 countries. A registered Canadian charity, the organization identifies community needs and then mobilizes community resources of money, manpower, materials, good and services to meet these needs.  The Mission of the United Way is "to improve lives and build community" and its Vision is "a strong and vibrant community free of poverty with children achieving all they can be." For more information, visit uwock.ca or find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Union Gas Limited
David Primorac, Public Affairs
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058

United Way of Chatham-Kent
Julia Earley, Marketing and Communications Manager
Ph: 519-354-0430