Donation to Assist with Utility Relief
May 15, 2020
Fort Smith, Arkansas – Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation (AOG) is contributing $2,500 to the Salvation Army. This fund aligns with the company’s recent announcement to focus on relief efforts for those who have suffered from the devastating financial, educational and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These funds will support area individuals and families who need utility assistance.
“We assist thousands of people annually in the surrounding Fort Smith area with the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and warmth. Utility assistance is one of our social services programs where we are seeing increased requests for assistance due to job loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said, Susan Adams, Director of Development. “Thanks to AOG’s support, the Salvation Army can respond rapidly to the increased utility assistance needs.”
“AOG is proud to assist with this relief effort,” said Kim Linam, Chief Administrative Officer, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas. “We understand that we are all in this together. The Salvation Army plays a critical role in the River Valley area providing a vast amount of resources to struggling Arkansas / Oklahoma families who might otherwise go without during this unprecedented health crisis. Providing these utility relief resources is one way that we can support our customers and community members who are immediately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”
The company has committed twenty thousand dollars overall to COVID-19 relief efforts in Arkansas/Oklahoma. In addition to donating to The Salvation Army, the company is also contributing to the United Way of the Fort Smith Area COVID Response Fund, Area Agency on Aging, Community Services Clearinghouse, and Disabled American Veterans Fort Smith Chapter.
On top of providing financial support to nonprofit organizations and supplying Wi-Fi hotspots to a variety of area school districts throughout its service territories. AOG has also suspended natural gas disconnections for nonpayment and is working with customers who may need payment assistance, arrangements, or extensions.