Nicor Gas announces $1 million investment at launch of Elgin Neighborhood Network

In 2023, Nicor Gas announces a $1 million investment supporting the launch of United Way's Elgin Neighborhood Network, plus workforce development in the Southland Neighborhood Networks.

Nicor Gas volunteers sort food at Uniting for the Holidays

Nicor Gas employees sort food at United Way's Uniting for the Holidays event.

Nicor Gas is more than a natural gas company. For over 160 years, Nicor Gas has provided fuel for life. The company has stood by its mission, safely delivering natural gas to northern Illinois homes and businesses – while remaining committed to making a meaningful impact.

“Beyond the clean, safe, reliable, and affordable service that our customers expect and deserve, it is our commitment to do all we can to improve the lives of our communities and customers,” said Wendell Dallas, President and CEO of Nicor Gas.

“Nicor Gas serves 2.3 million customers in northern Illinois. We are in over 650 communities. Our employees live, work, and play in the communities that we serve,” Wendell said. “We believe in giving back to these communities.”

Nicor Gas lives out this commitment to serving the community by supporting basic needs for families, protecting the environment, and enabling economic opportunity through workforce development. The company invests in local nonprofits – including its longstanding partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago.

“We have been partners for almost seven decades,” Wendell said. “From the beginning, our organizations have shared a mutual interest in advancing the well-being and common good of our local communities.”

Nicor Gas’ employees are generous. The company has ranked among United Way’s top 25 corporate partners for the past 15 years. They have contributed more than $17 million dollars to United Way, supporting the Neighborhood Networks and the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund – key investments in advancing economic equity and strengthening communities.

In addition to investing dollars, Nicor Gas employees also give of their time. They participate in volunteer activities, offer critical steering committee insight for the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund, and serve on United Way’s Board of Directors, regional boards, and campaign cabinet.

Wendell Dallas led United Way’s employee giving efforts as Campaign Chair in 2022 – 2023. That year, Wendell oversaw Nicor Gas Foundation’s transformative investment expanding United Way’s Neighborhood Networks in the suburbs. The Nicor Gas Foundation committed $1 million over four years to launch the Elgin Neighborhood Network and support workforce development and capacity building programs in United Way’s South Suburban Networks.

“Nicor Gas is committed to equitably supporting economic development and building a workforce pipeline across suburban Cook County to help create stable households and stable communities,” Wendell said. “When we work together, we can do meaningful things. It takes business, civic, community, government – all of us working together. When we do that well, the residents and the community benefit from it.”

In recognition of the company’s longstanding commitment to create thriving communities across the region, Nicor Gas received the 2024 Corporate Leadership Award at United Way of Metro Chicago’s annual Stronger Neighborhoods Awards Luncheon on May 30, 2024.

“I am privileged to work with my Nicor Gas team every day. I’m very proud of them,” Wendell said. “On behalf of our over 2,000 employees throughout northern Illinois, I’m humbled and honored to accept this award for Nicor Gas.”

Nicor Gas is committed to fueling positive change. The Corporate Leadership Award is a testament to this transformative work – and Nicor Gas’ deep investment in their customers, employees, and communities.

“At Nicor Gas, our customers are at the center of everything we do,” Wendell said. “Any investment of our time, talent, and resources is made through the lens of supporting them to the best of our ability. We want to ensure that our communities are better.”



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