It’s not just about pipelines: It’s about being a good community neighbor and environmental steward. That’s why the Atlantic Sunrise contractors working to build new energy infrastructure are finding ways to support and give back to local communities. These important initiatives include the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program which was established in 2015 and has shared nearly $2.1 million across the 10-county Atlantic Sunrise project area.
Contractors Support Local Communities
Welded Thanksgiving Food Drive
Atlantic Sunrise contractor Welded Construction recently held two food drives to benefit needy families in Lebanon and Schuylkill counties. Workers collected boxed and canned food items, as well as donated diapers, baby food, drinks, toiletries and more.
Welded donated more than 2,700 pounds of boxed and canned food items to Lebanon County Christian Ministries (LCCM) resulted in 2,716 pounds of food donations, while Schuylkill Community Action received more than 3,000 pounds of food.
Community involvement is important, especially during the holiday season, and we’re thrilled when our contractors help give to the communities Williams is proud to serve.
“[Welded Construction has] demonstrated what it means to be community-minded, and we are working to build lasting relationships with their surrounding neighbors,” LCCM Development Manager Dan Landes said. “Welded Construction has gone above and beyond the call to help support the fight against hunger. The best part is that they have expressed various upcoming plans to continue their charitable efforts, and we applaud their earnest intentions.”
LATEX Toys 4 Tots
Atlantic Sunrise Contractor, LATEX Construction Company started a simple collection for the Wolf Township Toys 4 Tots program that quickly filled a warehouse with gifts that grew with the pride, joy, and gratitude felt by LATEX employees in the community.
Williams is honored to work with a contractor that cares about the communities where it works. Holly Andrews, field office manager said that at a Monday morning safety meeting in November, the LATEX team discussed donations for Toys 4 Tots. "We were welcomed here and we wanted to give back to this community," Andrews said.
Around Thanksgiving employees started bringing things in and the pile just kept growing. Soon there were bikes and trikes and a mountain of toys and games that kept getting bigger every day. There are more than three dozen bicycles and tricycles, plus toys for all ages from newborn to age 15.
Another office for LATEX located in Bloomsburg and staff from sub-contractors including Dykon Blasting, PeBen, and Allen Edwards Company all contributed to the Toys 4 Tots. Nearly 700 full-time employees made contributions. Those who did not have the time to shop donated money so other staff could shop on their behalf.
Besides contributions for Toys 4 Tots, employees with the pipeline project also gave food to the Son-Light House in Muncy and warm coats for a clothing drive. The generosity of everyone goes beyond all expectations.
During the holiday season, it is comforting to know that the energy industry is full of thoughtful and generous companies with kind employees.
$292,834 IN ATLANTIC SUNRISE COMMUNITY GRANTS BENEFIT FIRST RESPONDERS, SCHOOLS AND TOWNSHIPS IN PENNSYLVANIA
Thirty-five organizations from 10 Pennsylvania counties will benefit this fall from $292,834 in funding from Williams through the company’s semiannual Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant program.
Williams awarded up to $10,000 to eligible organizations in communities where the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project will be constructed and operated.
One of the 35 recipients is the Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County, which will use an $8,000 grant to help fund its STEM Education Takes Root Outdoors Program.
“Nearly 50% of Lancaster County’s streams are impaired,” said Chris Thompson, Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County. “These grant dollars will help us connect kids with the outdoors so they will want to become citizen scientists, recognize contributing factors that impair water quality and learn about practices that improve water quality. We sincerely appreciate Williams’ support.”
Another recipient is the Milton Fire Department in Northumberland County, which will use a grant of $7,500 to purchase a new thermal imager.
“The Milton Fire Department plans to use these Atlantic Sunrise grant dollars to purchase a new thermal imager. Our current thermal imager is nearly 20 years old and largely outdated,”
Deputy Chief Joseph Luposaid. “These dollars will help us implement more modern technology to keep our community safer, aiding us by speeding up searches for possible victims in burning structures. We are definitely grateful for Williams’ support.”
Today’s announcement represents the sixth grant award cycle. Williams has announced total awards to 268 organizations of more than $2 million across the Atlantic Sunrise project area since the program’s inception in 2015.
Two cycles of Atlantic Sunrise grant awards are announced each year (spring and fall). This cycle’s grant dollars were dispersed in the following broad categories: emergency response ($169,500), education ($59,000) and recreation or community enhancement projects ($64,334).