Employees and retirees of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. are donating more than $621,000 to support 724 nonprofit organizations and schools in the region during 2013, the company announced today.
Throughout the utility company's entire Northern and Central California service areas, the workers and past workers raised $6 million, the most ever pledged in the history of the annual Campaign for the Community.
The capital region's funds will flow to organizations in the counties of Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.
PG&E President and CEO Tony Earley lauded the contributions as "an incredible outpouring of support for our customers in this time of economic need."
"Our customers have always been able to count on PG&E and its employees to give back to our communities," Earley said in a prepared statement. "That spirit of service is alive through our volunteerism and giving throughout the year, but it has never been more evident than during this campaign."
Throughout the service area, the funds will be distributed throughout 2013 to 5,400 schools and nonprofit groups. The company said that pledges came from 8,500 of its employees - 41 percent of the utility's workforce - as well as 400 retirees.
Since 2000, PG&E employees and retirees have raised more than $43 million, complementing another $23 million that PG&E donates annually throughout its service area.