ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., February 9, 2021 – Goodwill of Orange County has partnered with Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to help its customers and team members save money and energy this year.
The partnership brings information about SoCalGas’s Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program and California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) bill discount program right to the hands of Orange County Goodwill shoppers and employees – two significant ways for qualifying customers to save on their monthly gas bill and no-cost energy-efficient home improvements.
“This is a meaningful partnership that we know will make a profound impact on our Goodwill team members and their families, and many of community members who shop at our stores,” said Nicole Suydam, President and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. “We are proud to partner with SoCalGas on this initiative in a time when it is needed most to make sure every qualifying customer is signed up and utilizing these significant savings opportunities.”
As of this month, informational flyers for both programs are now available at 10 participating Goodwill of OC locations, determined by the areas within the county with the greatest need, and throughout Goodwill of Orange County’s office facilities and employee portals.
The ESA program offers qualifying customers the opportunity to receive home improvements that help conserve energy, reduce natural gas use and enhance safety, health and comfort – all at no cost. Improvements may include clothes washer, water heater and/or furnace replacement, attic insulation, door weather-stripping and more. The program helps customers save money on energy – up to $700 annually.
The CARE assistance program helps pay utility bills. Qualifying customers can receive a 20% discount on their SoCalGas bill each month, and an average of $145 over two years in the program.
To qualify for these assistance programs, the individual or someone in the household must be enrolled in a public assistance program such as Medi-Cal/Medicaid, CalWORKS, CalFresh, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and WIC, or meet income qualifications.
“It is absolutely critical that customers who need financial assistance are aware that help exists. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect our economy and the job market – assistance programs like CARE and ESA exist to provide bill relief and improve the health, comfort and safety of our customers,” said Brian Prusnek, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. “We are grateful that Goodwill of Orange County is making information about these programs available in their stores so that we can continue to reach every customer who is in need of these programs.”
- The 10 participating Goodwill of Orange County store locations are:
- Town Square – 2090 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806
- Center West – 6741-B Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683
- Bristol – 2118 S. Bristol Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704
- Fullerton – 130 N. Raymond Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831
- Grand – 1800 N. Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
- Euclid – 675 N. Euclid Street, Anaheim, CA 92801
- Garden Grove – 11052 Magnolia Street, Garden Grove, CA 92841
- RARE by Goodwill – 411 W. Broadway C-H, Anaheim, CA 92805
- Cypress Store – 6006 Lincoln Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630
- Santa Ana- 2702 W. Fifth Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703
For more information on the savings programs, visit www.socalgas.com/assistance.
About Goodwill of Orange County
Goodwill of Orange County helps people facing barriers find and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride, and dignity. Since its inception in 1924, Goodwill has supported hundreds of thousands of individuals through quality training and education programs, supportive employment services for people with developmental and physical disabilities, on-site job coaching, community integration programs, veteran employment services, and more. The nonprofit operates a collection of 25 retail venues throughout Orange County, including five OC Goodwill Boutiques and its e-commerce platform shopgoodwill.com, to support these life-changing programs and services. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit ocgoodwill.org.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas’ mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2015 through 2019, the company invested nearly $7 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.