MERRILLVILLE, Ind., March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The NiSource Charitable Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), today announced that it has committed to $1 million in donations to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) relief support across the company's seven-state service territory.
Funds will be distributed to local chapters of the American Red Cross in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The dollars are intended to support the delivery of care and comfort to our communities in need as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
"This $1 million donation is aligned with our foundational commitment of safety," said NiSource President and CEO Joe Hamrock. "We are committed to the safety of our nearly 4 million customers, which we aim to enhance by providing this support to the communities we serve – especially at a time of heightened need such as this. We know the Red Cross can efficiently get these dollars into the hands of those who are providing essential care to our communities."
The foundation's trustees selected the Red Cross as recipient of this donation because the organization exemplifies NiSource's commitment to safety and because of its commitment to help people in the most trying of times.
NiSource and its Columbia Gas and NIPSCO operating companies are following health and safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and federal, state and local governments, and have taken a number of actions to help customers through the COVID-19 pandemic, including suspending shutoffs for non-payment until further notice and offering their most flexible payment plans to customers impacted by or facing hardship due to COVID-19. Customers should contact the Columbia Gas or NIPSCO utility in their state directly for payment plan details.
For full details of the company's COVID-19 response, visit NiSource.com.
About NiSource Charitable Foundation
NiSource established the NiSource Charitable Foundation, with a mission to help create strong and sustainable communities where our employees and customers live and work. In close collaboration with NiSource employees and community partners, the foundation seeks opportunities to provide funding and encourage volunteer support for non-profit organizations in the areas of safety, economic and workforce development, environmental stewardship, STEM and energy education and basic needs and hardship assistance.
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource's approximately 8,400 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. NiSource is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability - North America Index and the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and has been named by Forbes magazine among America's Best Large Employers since 2016. Additional information about NiSource, its investments in modern infrastructure and systems, its commitments and its local brands can be found at www.nisource.com. Follow us at www.facebook.com/nisource, www.linkedin.com/company/nisource or www.twitter.com/nisourceinc. NI-F
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