Forging a Legacy in Our Communities:

Living Our Values; Caring for Our Communities

Throughout our history, WGL has been an active participant in the communities we serve, donating our resources and our time to improve the quality of life of those in need. Our efforts are focused on the areas of health, education and the environment. We also organize several events each year to honor and serve our nation’s veterans.

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Veterans Helping Veterans: Giving Our Best
Washington Area Fuel Fund: Helping the “Energy Poor”

WGL, through our Community Service Program, sponsored more than 50 events in 2017. Among these many events, employee volunteers staffed a science bowl for high school students, worked on the Washington, D.C., Special Olympics Summer Games, winterized the homes of elderly and disabled residents and organized a toy drive for children in need.

In 2017, more than 600 of WGL’s employees served as volunteers, collectively giving nearly 12,500 hours of their time to teach elementary school students the basics of business, economics and safety; plant trees; and help veterans, among our many projects.

WGL is consistently ranked by the Washington Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards for the Capital Region. Most recently, our company ranked 14th in volunteer hours and was in the top 25 for dollars contributed, at $976,476. Over the past 11 years, our employees have made more than $1.2 million in donations to local, national and international charities.




Veterans Helping Veterans: Giving Our Best

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Veterans know a great deal about giving, and the veterans who work at WGL make up one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers at our company.

WGL’s veterans volunteer for a wide variety of events and activities to help serve their fellow service members. Our veterans lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, connect with veterans during regular visits to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, adopt operating units serving overseas—sending care packages—and establish individual mentoring relationships with service members who are new to the WGL family.

WGL currently employs more than 100 veterans and has established relationships with veterans’ groups such as Troops to Energy, Virginia Values Veterans (V3), and veteran-focused staffing organizations to actively recruit members of our armed services. We also actively encourage veterans to apply for work at WGL, indicating on certain Operations job postings “military experience preferred.”

Washington Area Fuel Fund: Helping the “Energy Poor”

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The Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) is WGL’s signature philanthropic program. Throughout the year, WGL employees raise funds for the program, which helps thousands of Washington, D.C., area residents with their winter heating bills, regardless of the fuel they use. During WGL’s annual Employee Giving Campaign in 2017, employees contributed more donations to WAFF than any other charity. In 2017 alone, more than $773,000 was disbursed to more than 6,000 people throughout the Washington metropolitan region.

Since 1983, WAFF has disbursed more than $25 million in energy assistance to these families and has helped more than 280,000 people. That’s why WGL and The Salvation Army partnered to establish WAFF more than 30 years ago. WGL covers all of the administrative, promotional and fundraising expenses—at an average cost of $232,000 per year—and The Salvation Army disburses the funds to those in need.