Our employees spread cheer this holiday season through our signature SDGivE program. Like years before, employees who wanted to give back to their community had the opportunity to lead a volunteer project for a nonprofit organization of their choice through SDGivE. Additionally, each organization receives a grant in support of the volunteer project. Employees took this opportunity in stride, showing how important it is for them to be active members of their community, serving 50 non-profits with 53 employee-led volunteer opportunities. With over 240 SDG&E volunteer participants throughout San Diego and Boulder City, Nevada, these projects put volunteers to work beautifying shelters for the holidays, passing out meals and toys, building playhouses, and much, much more!
We pride ourselves in fostering a company culture of mutual support with the communities it serves. Employees play a large part in this as members of charitable projects in San Diego.
Here are just a few ways employees gave back this season through the SDGivE program.
Holiday Toy & Food Distributions
Employees participated in packing and passing out essential items to children and families through various toy and meal drives across San Diego County.
Team SDG&E volunteers led by Regional Public Affairs assisted the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council Holiday Drive. Community leaders in attendance included Mayor Todd Gloria, City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, Supervisor Nora Vargas, Councilmember Joe LaCava, and Councilmember Stephen Whitburn. SDG&E CEO Caroline Winn spoke alongside community members, and Vice President of External & Operations Support Scott Crider also attended.
30 SDG&E volunteers joined the Armed Services YMCA toy drive for military families with many volunteers including Joe Pierzina, Joseph Garrido, Bianca Ornelas, and many more. Families showed up to festive displays of many rows of bikes, toys, and care packages being handed out.
The Chicano Federation Holiday Distribution in Barrio Logan was a significant success with support from the Hispanic/Latinx employee resource group, VOZ and was attended by Mayor Todd Gloria, and Councilmember Vivian Moreno. Over 400 families were served food, toys, diapers, books, and more.
Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Build
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Safety Officer, Kevin Geraghty, led a project building playhouses with Habitat for Humanity. At SDG&E’s Century Park offices, employees built and painted the playhouses for a local military family. Volunteers painted each playhouse based on a specific theme chosen by each child: “Garden” and “Dinosaur”. It was a wonderful team-building event and Habitat for Humanity was extremely grateful for the many helping hands.
USO - USS Tripoli
At the exclusive request of the United Service Organizations (USO), our veteran employee resource group, VALOR group brightened the homecoming of servicemembers aboard the USS Tripoli by creating homecoming goodie bags for all returning sailors with hygiene products, snacks, and more. Over 200 goodie bags were made and distributed by our employees. We were honored to participate in this event and look forward to future homecomings with the USO. Ray Sevidal, USO Field Programs Manager, expressed their gratuity, “Shoutout to wonderful volunteers from SDG&E and the Valor resource group… thank you so much on behalf of military service members and their families.”
We are proud of the commitment our employees have shown to their communities as we celebrate another successful season with SDGivE!