SDG&E Employees Sew, Create and Get Hands On to Support the San Diego Community through the COVID-19 Pandemic

SDG&E Employees Sew, Create and Get Hands On to Support the San Diego Community through the COVID-19 Pandemic

SDG&E employees continue to go above and beyond to help others through the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a snapshot of just a few of the remarkable ways teams have collaborated virtually or socially distanced to support each other and the community.

Stitching Support for Teams and Families in Need 

At the start of the pandemic, a group of SDG&E employees started a virtual sewing circle, eventually producing over 2,800 face coverings that were distributed to field employees to use on the job. The handmade face coverings reached employees across the company from Call Centers to Fire Coordinators to Government Affairs and many places in between.

The volunteer sewing team also donated 150 masks to the Emilio Nares Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps low-income and underserved families meet basic needs related to their child’s cancer treatment. The foundation partners with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego to provide transportation to and from the hospital for hundreds of young patients annually. The face coverings will be used to keep patients and their families safe and comfortable during their rides to cancer treatment. 

In addition to the face coverings, the Customer Programs team are in the process of creating cards and video messages for kids undergoing treatment for critical illnesses and worked with The Ronald McDonald of San Diego to distribute messages to families with loved ones at local hospitals.

Kindness Cards for Seniors

SDG&E employees have also created and mailed hundreds of homemade kindness cards to Meals on Wheels service centers throughout the county.  Team SDG&E cards are being distributed to homebound senior clients receiving daily meals in an effort to curb feelings of isolation and support the wellbeing of seniors throughout our community.  

Laura Becerra, energy services specialist with the Customer Care team, enlisted her family to make cards in English and Spanish.  

“This activity was a win all around. My kids had a blast, it was time consuming (thank you for that), and they felt good about themselves. Most importantly it helped out the members of the community and a great program like Meals on Wheels”  

For every card that employees and their families mail to a local Meals on Wheels service center, SDG&E is underwriting a $10 donation. To date, we have raised over $2,500 and have sent more than 400 cards!     

Our employees are also out volunteering in the community through our Environmental All-Stars program, with socially distanced volunteering opportunities helping with food security with ProduceGood and neighborhood clean-ups with I Love a Clean San Diego. We’re proud of the hard work are employees are doing to support our community in these difficult times.