Nicor will celebrate its 15th anniversary of Volunteer Day Saturday with the help of employees, families, and community members who will spend the day completing 23 volunteer projects at non-profit organizations across the Nicor service area.
In Wheaton, 20 to 25 volunteers will go to the (PRC), 201 Naperville Road, to work in the food pantry, plant flowers, wash windows and whatever else time allows, according to PRC Executive Director Kim Perez.
"We're really excited that Nicor chose us as one of their locations," Perez said Friday. "The volume of volunteers is allowing us to get some things done that we may have had to pay for (otherwise)—so they're really generous."
Perez said she'll be at the center Saturday to meet the volunteers, show them the ropes of the food pantry, assign projects and say thank you. "I just want to thank them for their generosity and support," she said.
Each year, Nicor dedicates the third Saturday in May to honor its commitment to community service. More than 1,000 volunteers will donate their time in 20 cities and towns in Illinois.
“Our company and our employees are proud to celebrate Nicor’s 15 years of Volunteer Day in the communities where we live, work, and raise our families,” said Russ Strobel, Chairman, President, and CEO for Nicor, Inc. and Nicor Gas in a press release. “This commitment to service extends throughout our company ... It is an honor to lend a helping hand to these wonderful organizations.”
Nicor volunteers will devote their time to projects ranging from outdoor beautification, to constructing houses for low-income residents, to sorting food at local food pantries.
Nicor will also honor its 15th anniversary of Volunteer Day by donating $15,000 to the DuPage County Habitat for Humanity to provide affordable housing for families in need. Nicor volunteers will also help to frame five houses for Habitat for Humanity recipients on Volunteer Day.
“We hope that through this day of service we can inspire not only our employees and their families, but other corporations as well," Strobel said. "In this difficult economic time, it is important for community members to come together and support one another.”