PG&E workers in Merced area raise $30,000 for schools, nonprofits

Area employees of Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. have raised nearly $30,000 to support schools and nonprofit organizations, PG&E said Thursday in a prepared statement.

The effort was part of the utility company’s annual “Campaign for the Community.”

Merced-area PG&E employees raised about $29,500, the company said in a news release.

Statewide, company employees and retirees raised a total of around $6.5 million, which was the largest ever pledge raised by the company’s personnel, the company said.

This year, pledges were made by nearly 7,600 employees and more than 350 retirees, the company said.

Contributions benefit entities throughout PG&E’s service area in northern and central California.

“I’m grateful for how our employees and retirees stepped up in unprecedented fashion this year to support the communities where they live and work,” Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation, said in the news release.

In addition to the amount pledged through Campaign for the Community, PG&E will provide nearly $2 million in matching grants to schools and qualifying organizations designated by PG&E employees and retirees through this annual initiative, the company said.

The money will be distributed throughout 2014 to more than 5,000 schools and nonprofit organizations, including environmental organizations, community centers, food banks, animal shelters, and veterans groups.

Since 2000, PG&E employees have raised more than $55 million through the campaign, primarily in northern and central California.

PG&E donates an additional $23 million annually throughout its service area.