Feb
26

Putting our Purpose into Action.

A couple months ago, we talked about our company’s purpose: Be a Fuel for Good, and we’ve been very busy since then, so here’s an update on what we’ve been up to!

Our goal is to give back more than a million dollars by 2020 which we’re doing by giving back 5% of our profits to help children in need. By focusing on nonprofits, startups and sponsorships who share our passion for supporting local families, we believe we can make the biggest impact in our community.

Here are a few examples of the ways we’ve been putting our time, talent and financial contributions into action:

  • In 2017, Gas South donated more than $411,000 to our community partners.
  • During December, 38 employees volunteered in the community (out of a total of more than 200).
  • Gas South supplied heating assistance to more than 86 families in need this winter.
  • Employees raised more than $700 for the Salvation Army by ringing the Kettle Bells.
  • In partnership with the Smyrna Police Department, Gas South sent 12 Cobb County kids shopping for Christmas gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a fuel for good is about building partnerships large and small. Large partnerships like the Salvation Army, United Way, Junior Achievement, Must Ministries, Action Ministries and Title 1 Schools. And smaller partnerships like Pebbletossers and the Kell Robotics Team.

As Gas South enters its 12th year, everything we’ve done to this point has been about being a fuel for good. It’s part of the DNA of the people who make up this company. And it has the potential to grow.

For instance, Pebbletossers focuses on giving children volunteer opportunities to show them what it means to serve others. This relationship has the potential to become a movement in the sense that we’re not just supporting kids financially, we’re encouraging them to be a part of something bigger—something that will benefit them throughout their lives as well as the community.

It takes an army to make an impact. So when we talk about giving 5% of our profits back to our community, it’s not just a corporate check; it’s a corporate check with an army of volunteers behind it.

I’m incredibly proud of our employees, leadership and partners for working every day to make a difference in people’s lives. We want our customers to know that by being a customer, you’re helping make a difference too.

May
25

Making Headlines with Baseball, Branding and Relationship Building

Gas South is proud to support the Atlanta Braves as our hometown team. As the official natural gas provider for the Braves, our partnership has been a “home run” since 2008.

With the inaugural season at SunTrust Park in full swing, there’s great excitement surrounding the Braves. Recently, President and CEO, Kevin Greiner, discussed baseball, branding and relationship building at the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Business of Sports Summit.

Kevin talked about our successful partnership with the Braves and our “Bring the Heat” campaign. Through this campaign, Gas South donates $25 to a local nonprofit each time a Braves pitcher strikes out an opponent throughout the summer. Each time one of the Braves pitchers “brings the heat,” our community wins.

The designated beneficiary for April and May is the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The United Way of Greater Atlanta will receive donations for June and July, and The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta is the recipient for August and September.

In addition to our “Bring the Heat” campaign, Braves fans can get involved in a more interactive way throughout the season. During select games during the season, fans can tweet their seat number using #GasSouthKissCam for a chance to make it on the jumbotron! Always wanted to get on the big screen? Well, here’s your chance!

Last season Bring the Heat raised more than $61,000 for local nonprofits, and we hope the team and pitchers are even more successful this season!

Read more about Gas South, the Braves and our involvement with Live! at the Battery in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.

Apr
17

Welcome Home, Braves Fans

It’s the beginning of a new era in baseball history, and Gas South is excited to launch our 10th season as the Atlanta Braves’ official natural gas provider. To mark the team’s homecoming, we’re offering several opportunities for you to secure tickets and join us in cheering on the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Score Free Braves Tickets:  As a new Gas South customer, you’re eligible to receive two FREE Terrace Corner tickets to a Braves home game when you enroll online at gas-south.com/braves. Or, simply call 1-855-GAS-SOUTH (427-7688) and mention promo code BRAVES.

Of course, our current customers can also get free tickets. Through our fabulous Pick Your Perk program, Gas South customers are eligible to receive two FREE Grandstand Infield tickets to a Braves home game.  Pick one perk per year — and join us in cheering on our home team. For more information on our Braves perk and perks for other favorite Georgia attractions, visit www.gas-south.com/perks.

Braves Ticket Discounts: Coming soon, Gas South customers may save 20% on tickets to Monday through Thursday games throughout the season. Visit www.gas-south.com/offers for more information and choose from three seating options with this discount.

Braves VIP Experience: Starting April 25th, we’ll have a contest for two lucky winners to receive a Braves VIP Experience package, which includes four home game tickets and one parking pass, a private tour of SunTrust Park, batting practice viewing (from the field!) and a Braves goodie bag. Visit www.gas-south.com/braves to learn more.

Gas South Kiss Cam: Pucker up, Braves fans! While you’re at the game, tweet your selfie and your seat number using #GasSouthKissCam for a chance to capture your loveable moment on the big screen! Chosen lovebirds will receive their keepsake video from the Braves within 48 hours. Be sure to share your video using #GasSouthKissCam!

Pitching Match-Ups: Gas South is excited to bring Braves fans pitching match-ups on digital outdoor boards this season as they travel to SunTrust Park. We’ll announce starting pitchers for home games to fans traveling along I-285 and I-75 all season long.

Bring the Heat: Gas South is proud to Bring the Heat again this year by donating $25 for every strikeout recorded by a Braves pitcher. More strikeouts means more money raised for our charitable partners like the YMCA, the United Way and the Salvation Army. Last year, the Atlanta Braves and Gas South raised $61,350 for charity through the program. Since its inception, Bring the Heat has raised more than $311,000, with funds going to projects aimed at improving the communities where we live, work and play.

Jan
23

7 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter is here (for now)! As the temperatures dip, we’re faced with a little less sunshine and a lot more time indoors. But don’t let glee turn to gloom. Check out Gas South’s top tips to stay warm and beat the winter blues.

  1. Try a new recipe. Winter is a great time to test a new recipe, especially if you’re using a natural gas oven, range or grill. Whether you’re an executive chef or an amateur, natural gas appliances offer more precision to help you prepare an impeccable hot dish for chilly days. If you’re looking for a tasty recipe to pair with dinner, try out our customer 101 Steak’s recipe for roasted garlic and mascarpone cheese dip.
  1. Have a staycation. Cozy up with family and friends at home by watching movies, playing games or whatever else you enjoy together. Stay warm and save money with a few easy tricks! At Gas South, we recommend a fixed rate plan to help you save more money over time. Also, consider installing a programmable thermostat, sealing ducts, and checking for drafty doors and windows to keep a little more money in your pocket during the cooler months.
  1. Spend a Sunday at Snow Mountain. Winter doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Bundle up and have a snow day at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy snowman building, snowball fights, roasting marshmallows, making snow angels and more. Pick a Sunday before February 26, and take advantage of exclusive Gas South customer discounts.
  1. Enjoy The Greatest Show On Earth®. Families in Atlanta can see Ringling Bros. one last time before the touring circus closes permanently in May 2017. America’s favorite live family entertainment experience is coming to Philips Arena, February 15 to 20. Enjoy a 20 percent discount on tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME with promo code GASSOUTH. Tickets are going fast!
  1. Cheer on the Atlanta Hawks. Watching the Hawks dominate team after team is an experience that is “true to Atlanta” and fun for the entire family. Gas South is even helping you score discounted tickets just for being a customer. Help root the Hawks to another victory!
  1. Visit the Georgia Aquarium. One of the world’s largest aquariums is right in the heart of Atlanta. Visit the Georgia Aquarium to enjoy exhibits, shows and galleries. Gas South customers can save some cash on ticket prices year-round.
  1. Give back. Spread warmth and cheer by giving back and doing good. Local organizations such as the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and Atlanta Community Food Bank are continuously working to provide care and support to thousands of residents in need across Georgia. Lend a helping hand and support a neighbor in need this winter.
Jan
4

10 Accomplishments from Gas South’s 10th Year

In 2016, Gas South celebrated its 10th year of business, and it proved a pivotal one for the company.

We’re committed to cultivating a top workplace environment, providing exceptional customer service and supporting our local community. Here are 10 accomplishments from our 10th year that reaffirm our commitment to our culture, customers and the community:

Culture

  1. We earned a coveted spot on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s 2016 Top Workplaces for the first time. More than 2,500 companies and organizations applied and ultimately 165 were recognized, including Gas South. The rankings were based entirely on responses from an anonymous employee survey.
  2. We introduced a $15 minimum wage for all employees – more than double the federal rate and nearly triple Georgia’s minimum wage. The change resulted in pay increases for approximately 25 percent of the company’s workforce and most significantly impacted employees in Gas South’s customer care department.
  3. We celebrated our accomplishments with a 10-day event commemorating Gas South’s 10-year anniversary. The event series, “10 Days of Gas South,” included a daily theme to recognize and reward employees for their hard work and dedication. This campaign was recognized with a 2016 Phoenix Award from the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Customers

  1. We made major strides with our customer care transformation – moving from a transactional mindset to a focus on building amazing long-term customer relationships. This included an internal reorganization that moved all customer calls out of the sales organization and into the customer care organization to improve our commitment to providing the best customer service.
  2. We improved our customer communications to be more proactive, informative and actionable. Our locally-based customer care team continues to assist customers by phone as well as increasingly through social media channels.
  3. We continued to expand our increasingly popular Pick Your Perk program. We added new Pick Your Perk options, and we are increasingly communicating this program through multiple channels. We even expanded our great discounts for local attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain Park and the Atlanta Ballet with more promo codes and deals for our valued customers.

Community

  1. We sponsored the fifth annual Charity Cornhole Challenge at SweetWater 420 Fest, awarding the $10,000 grand prize to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Southeast, as the tournament winner.
  2. We partnered with Cobb EMC to provide a Home Energy Efficiency Makeover worth approximately $20k. The makeover winners, Wes and Shannon Pilgrim, received new energy-efficient appliances, a bill credit from Cobb EMC, two years of free natural gas service from Gas South, and a new HVAC unit, water heater, insulation and duct work from Cobb Heating and Air Association members.
  3. For the sixth year, Gas South’s Bring the Heat™ campaign raised money for local nonprofits. This year, Braves pitchers threw a total of 1,227 strikeouts, resulting in $61,350 raised for The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta.
  4. We participated in Hands On Atlanta Day where 50 Gas South employees volunteered a total of 200 hours at Camp Timber Ridge in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. We helped spruce up the campground – chopping wood, clearing roadways, putting up new tents and painting pavilions.

As we reflect on our accomplishments in 2016, we’re excited for our 11th year and everything that is to come in 2017!

Dec
22

Spreading Warmth and Holiday Cheer with The Salvation Army

A little warmth and kindness goes a long way, especially during the holiday season. That’s why Gas South employees were encouraged to play Santa by partnering with The Salvation Army for its annual Angel Tree program. Last year, employees generously donated gifts and toys to 50 Angels and this year, we’re spreading our wings once again. From apparel to toys, the goal is to make a difference in the lives of parents who are unable to provide gifts for their children and to instill hope in children who wish to “believe.”

Created in 1979, the Angel Tree program is the tree-topper to The Salvation Army’s many initiatives that help families in need during the holidays. Through donations, The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta will spread cheer to more than 12,000 local boys and girls on Christmas morning.

There’s a lot that goes on “behind-the-wings” of this generous program: The Salvation Army identifies families in need of support during the holiday season and obtains a wish list for the children, or senior citizens. The nonprofit enlists the help of individuals and companies, like Gas South, to serve as its elves and fulfill the wishes. And then, The Salvation Army ensures that all participating families receive their gifts just in time for the holidays.

At Gas South, giving back to the communities we serve is the cornerstone of our mission to create a culture of caring. That’s why our employees donated 25 Angels and 25 stockings filled with gifts this year. From our Gas South family to yours, happy holidays!

Oct
4

Gas South ‘Brings the Heat’ to Final Season at Turner Field

The final season at Turner Field was one to remember for the Atlanta Braves, The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

For the sixth year, Gas South’s Bring the Heat™ campaign raised money for local nonprofits. Each time a Braves pitcher struck out an opponent, Gas South committed to donating $50.

This year, we knocked the donations out the park! Braves pitchers threw a total of 1,227 strikeouts, resulting in $61,350 raised for The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta.

With Gas South’s support, United Way of Greater Atlanta is able to help combat homelessness and hunger in greater Atlanta, as well as provide care for expecting mothers. The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta will use the funds to continue to provide meals, shelter and energy assistance to hundreds of thousands of residents in need.

President and CEO Kevin Greiner presented the donation checks to Dennis Long of United Way and Atlanta Area Commander Major Todd Hawks of The Salvation Army at the Atlanta Braves game on September 13. Greiner and Hawks also participated in the Turner Field Countdown.

During the Braves’ final farewell at Turner Field this past Sunday, a sold-out crowd watched the team defeat the Detroit Tigers and then it was time to say their goodbyes. In April 2017, we’ll say hello to SunTrust Park as the official natural gas provider for the Atlanta Braves, and we’re looking forward to another successful season!

Through our partnership with the Atlanta Braves, Gas South has been bringing the heat and spreading the warmth across Atlanta. Since Bring the Heat’s inception in 2010, we’ve contributed nearly $350,000 to local nonprofits stepping up to the plate to serve our communities.

Dec
30

Gas South and The Salvation Army team up to make a Difference this Holiday Season

Gas South continues to give back to the communities where we live and work throughout the year, and this holiday season has been no different. This year we have taken part in many initiatives but most recently we have been focusing our efforts on assisting the Salvation Army with their Angel Tree and Kettle Bell programs.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program helps provide Christmas gifts to more than 12,000 children every year. The program also provides support for “Silver Bells” who are senior adults living at or below the federal index poverty level. This year, Gas South hosted an Angel Tree with 50 Angels to be “adopted.” Employees participated by choosing Angels from the tree and picking out gifts for needy families.

Gifts purchased for each Angel are given through The Salvation Army to seniors and parents who can then experience the pride of providing gifts for their children and the treasure of sharing in their excitement. Thank you to all employees who participated to make a difference in someone’s Christmas this year!
DSC_0139-680x1024DSC_0226-1024x789 Salvation Army Kettle Bell Ringing

This year, Gas South employees had the opportunity to ring the red kettle bells for the Salvation Army at Cumberland Mall. Employees were asked to volunteer for two hour shifts during the week of December 14th.

Gas South sponsored the Red Kettles at Cumberland Mall from December 14th to the 19th and all donations to those kettles were matched by Gas South up to $1,250.
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Oct
12

K’s Lead to Donations for The Salvation Army

Even though the Braves finished the season with a 67-95 record, fans still saw a lot of fireworks after every strikeout by a Braves pitcher.

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 For the fifth straight year of our Bring the Heat™ campaign, Gas South pledged to donate $25 to The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta every time an Atlanta Braves pitcher threw a strikeout this season.

From opening day up until the last game on October 4th, the Braves pitchers threw 1,115 strikeouts! That’s $27,875! But we didn’t stop there. To raise additional funds and awareness about Bring the Heat, Gas South ran a Twitter campaign during the Yankees series and asked fans to tweet using #BringTheHeat2015. The campaign raised an additional $5,000, thanks to your tweets, which brings Gas South’s total donation to the Salvation Army to $32,875.

DSC_0052-300x199DSC_0057-284x300DSC_0062-300x199Meredith Hodges, Gas South vice president, presented Major Todd Hawks of the Salvation Army with the check. The donation will support the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s Doing the Most Good in Metro Atlanta.

Since 2010, Gas South has contributed more than $267,000 to Georgia nonprofits through Bring the Heat and we’re looking forward to another successful season next year!

Jan
14

Project SHARE and Gas South help Georgians keep the heat on

For most metro Atlanta residents, staying warm this winter is as easy as turning up the thermostat. But for low-income families struggling to make ends meet, it’s not so simple. For them, even the smallest financial crisis is enough to make bill payment impossible.

Fortunately, Project SHARE offers another option to help keep families warm this winter. Salvation Army’s Project SHARE provides emergency bill-payment assistance to families facing a temporary crisis.

For the second year, Gas South will partner with the Salvation Army to offer our customers a chance to donate to Project SHARE. Gas South will match customer contributions up to $10 per month. Contributions will be used to help families in need keep their heat on this winter as well as acquire necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical supplies. Donations assist residents in all counties in Georgia, and the money collected through the program stays in the county from which it originates. Your donation will help your own neighbors in need.

Gas South Cares is our year-round commitment to giving back to the communities we serve. We strive to make a difference in our communities through hands-on volunteer work and corporate giving that focuses on community, culture, education, and service. Project SHARE is a continuation of our commitment. Gas South customers can sign up to donate by visiting gas-south.com/projectshare. And remember, Gas South will match your donation up to $10 per month!