Chattanooga Gas employees are inextricably woven into the communities we are privileged to serve. You might see our crews working in your neighborhood or find us at community events.
We welcome opportunities to visit schools to educate students about careers in natural gas and natural gas safety. Additionally, the second week in May is Volunteer Week at Chattanooga Gas.
Chattanooga Gas is leveraging its energy assistance program, NeighborCare, to provide natural gas appliance funding for Blythe Oldfield in Cleveland, TN. The aim of the project is to partner with organizations like City Fields and United Way Ocoee Region to improve one of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods and make first-time homeownership affordable.
Summer Camp Vendor
This summer our employees will send crews and natural gas equipment to seven Chattanooga Youth & Family Development Summer Youth Camps. We will educate kids about natural gas, the importance of calling before you dig and day-to-day operations.
In April, Chattanooga Gas employees participated in Earth Day by cleaning up trash on Olan Mills Drive and recycling metal.
Earth Day is a global event with more than one billion people taking part in civic-focused actions such as planting trees and cleaning up roads and cities.
National Work Zone Awareness Day
April 10 was National Work Zone Awareness Day. Chattanooga Gas employees wore orange and posted photos with colleagues on social media to share the message about drivers using caution in work zones. Employees were encouraged to follow the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move over to give safe clearance to law enforcement, firefighters, ambulances, utility workers and tow-truck drivers.
Epilepsy Foundation Wear Purple Day
On March 26, Chattanooga Gas employees hosted a “Wear Purple” party in support of epilepsy awareness and fundraising.
In early March, Chattanooga Gas employees, Marcus Smith and Tulio Soto, showed off their medals after finishing well in the Chattanooga Marathon. The not-for-profit marathon further strengthens the outdoor community while providing a high quality, fun event for runners on all levels.
Career Day at Red Bank Elementary School
March 1 was career day at Red Bank Elementary School in the Mountain Creek neighborhood. Chattanooga Gas employees spoke to students about the day-to-day activities of field workers in the natural gas industry. Foreman Marcus Smith, Crew Lead Ray Hembree and Crewmen Kevin Crowe and Marcus Cosey taught the students about natural gas safety. We also demonstrated the use of specialized equipment and tools used to repair natural gas leaks.
Go Red for Women
February was “Go Red for Women” Day, an event designed to increase women’s heart health awareness. Employees wore red and made donations to the American Heart Association.
Share Your Christmas Food Drive
Chattanooga Gas employees appeared on WRCB Channel 3 in December to present a donation of $500 to the “Share Your Christmas Food Drive” to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. (Photo caption) Mark Hilling, Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chief Operating Officer accepts check from Chattanooga Gas employees Kathy Douglas and Floyd Brown.
Energy Assistance Phone-a-thon
In December, Chattanooga Gas partnered with local NBC affiliate WRCB-TV3 for the tenth anniversary of its Energy Assistance Phone-a-thon, which connects low-income customers with information and services they need to heat their homes this winter.
Blue Jeans for Babies
In November, nine Chattanooga Gas employees raised $390 for the “Blue Jeans for Babies” annual fund raiser for the March of Dimes.
Ronald McDonald House Charities- Autumn Children’s Festival
In October, employees and retirees volunteered to set up the Haunted Maze for the annual Autumn Children’s Festival for RMHC. The festival is one of the largest fund-raising events for the local RMHC.
Tennessee River Rescue
Employees and retirees volunteered in October to help keep the river and creeks clean of trash. This environmental event is sponsored by the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.
Tennessee Valley Heart Walk
Employees and family members raised $680 to support heart health and then braved the rain on October 27 to participate in the Tennessee Valley Heart Walk.
In October, Chattanooga Gas Regional Director Paul Leath presented a $2,000 check to The United Way of Greater Chattanooga and a $10,000 check to the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce.
United Way Day of Caring
Each year in September, Chattanooga Gas participates in a United Way Day of Caring. This year, Chattanooga Gas employees partnered with Tennessee River Gorge Trust for the United Way Day of Caring event on September 20. Employees volunteered at an area called Pot Point and removed collapsed drains and replaced with new drainage pipes to control water runoff and reduce standing water at the entrance to trails. Volunteers also spread gravel on the parking lot driveway.
First Tee Program
Chattanooga Gas made a second donation in July (a total donation of $171,500 since January) to fund First Tee programs in 39 Hamilton County elementary schools. The program teaches basic skills of golf, character lessons and health education.
The second week in May is Volunteer Week at Chattanooga Gas. This year, a group of employees helped with clean up at the banks of the Tennessee River Gorge.
Well-defined trails and boardwalk were created, compliments of Chattanooga Gas employees that participated in an Earth Day event on April 30, 2018. Volunteers cleared walking trails, repaired parts of the boardwalk, repaired the deck and installed French drains at the Pot Point House in Chattanooga. This volunteer event benefited the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.
March of Dimes “March for Babies” Walk
Chattanooga Gas employees and family members participated in the March of Dimes, March for Babies Walk event at the Tennessee River Park on April 28, 2018. Employees raised $615 to support the March for Babies event.
Utility Scam Awareness
In February, Chattanooga Gas, Tennessee American Water and EPB came together for a public awareness campaign around utility worker imposters.
Stepping Up with Internships
Chattanooga Gas participated in the Step-Up Chattanooga internship program this year. Launched in January 2016, this internship program for Hamilton County Department of Education high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is designed to address the challenges faced by both businesses and students in a complex, changing global economy. Learn More >
Energy Assistance Help Line
In January, Chattanooga Gas and WRCB partnered for the eighth straight year to provide natural gas customers with information on how to find assistance with heating their homes. Customers were able to call throughout the day to speak with a Chattanooga Gas employee or volunteer about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).