Loving Our Community

Virtual American Heart Association Walk 2021

Our employees all over New Jersey rallied behind the American Heart Association (AHA) as they continued their annual Spring Heart Walk virtually. Over 100 employees got moving to show their support and together raised over $50,000 to support the AHA’s mission to help save lives from heart disease.

VETS Food Drive for the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces

Our Veterans Engagement Team (VETS) collected nearly 3,800 lbs. of food during their food drive with the Red Cross by setting up collection points throughout New Jersey over February 27-28. VETS encouraged customers, employees and families from SJI’s utility companies South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas to drop off non-perishable items. Volunteers then delivered several truckloads of food to the Red Cross for distribution at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

VETS is an employee resource group at SJI that supports the personal growth and professional development of former servicemen and women. The Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program provides home comforts and critical services on bases, in military hospitals and supports military families during deployments and emergencies.

Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Community starts at home and we are committed to service and to making a difference in the lives of our customers, our employees and members of the communities we serve. On January 18, 2021 more than 100 SJI employees took part in our fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Employees to honored King by helping those around us in ways that reflect our Core Values – safety, service, community, and inclusion. In addition to volunteering, nearly $900 was raised for Community FoodBank of New Jersey.


Game On Grant Program

Our Game On Grant Program provides 20, $1000 grants in support of local, community-centered athletic leagues, and recreational organizations for children.

  • Each league must serve youth between the ages of 4 and 18 within the boundaries of the South Jersey Gas service area.
  • The league must be organized around traditional youth sports, which include but are not limited to Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Cheerleading, Lacrosse, and Swimming

Want to apply for a Game On Grant? Check back here in February 2022.

     2021 Game On Grant Program Winners:
  • Absecon Lacrosse
  • Barrington Girls Softball League
  • Berlin Soccer Club
  • Blackwood Kiwanis Little League
  • Clayton Clippers Youth Football & Cheer
  • East Vineland Little League
  • Egg Harbor Township Street Hockey
  • Elmer Swim Club
  • Gibbstown Boys Basketball
  • Laurel Springs Youth Association
  • Mantua Township Soccer Association
  • Marlton Recreation Council
  • Millville Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Monroe Township Flag Football
  • South Jersey Field of Dreams
  • South Jersey Hammerhead Baseball
  • Vineland Basketball Association
  • West Atlantic County Youth League
  • Winslow Township Youth Soccer Association
  • Woodstown Soccer Club

First Responders Grant Program

Our First Responders Grant Program is intended to provide critical support for operations conducted by first responder departments.

  • Each first responder department must be comprised of paid staff or volunteers that serve within the South Jersey Gas service area 
  • The grant must be used to fund training or purchase/upgrade gear and equipment utilized to protect volunteer fire and/or EMS personnel, police and/or the community

Want to apply for a First Responders Grant? Check back here in early-November 2021.

This year, 11 grants totaling nearly $39,000 were awarded to local first responder departments.

"This year, South Jersey Gas' First Responders Grant Program takes on a new meaning to support our first responders who keep us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through their tireless work," said Melissa Orsen, president of South Jersey Gas. "As we come into the holiday season, we are proud to partner with this year’s winners to support their continued efforts to keep our customers and communities safe."

    The 2020 First Responders Grant Program recipient departments and projects include:
  • Barrington Fire Department – to purchase multigas monitoring meters and low-profile hand lights
  • Cape May County Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team– to purchase a monopod system for trench rescues in confined spaces
  • City of Bridgeton Fire Department – to purchase a gas monitoring meter
  • Deepwater Fire Department – to support the purchase of LED traffic control devices
  • Galloway Township Police Department – to support the purchase of a K-9 officer and related training
  • Laurel Springs Fire Department – to purchase turnout gear for a firefighter
  • Medford Township Fire and EMS – to purchase multigas monitoring detectors
  • Pennsville Ambulance Department – to purchase a UV light and UV rapid sanitizer
  • Sea Isle City Police Department – to purchase body armor for officers
  • Vineland Fire Department – to purchase portable gas leak detection equipment
  • Woolwich Fire Company – to purchase portable water tanks for fires in non-hydrant areas
Helping our community foodbanks

Local Foodbank Events 

Our Outreach Team regularly participates in community food distribution events to help customers get the Utility Bill Assistance they need. We’re here to help. We recognize that challenging times may continue for residents and businesses. Utility Bill Assistance is available for those struggling to pay their bills. To learn about all the programs available and apply online visit our Energy Assistance page today. 

You can also stay up to date on community events, like food drives, on the South Jersey Gas Facebook page.


Community image - One SJI

Making a Difference Together

Standing Together - A Message from Mike Renna, President & CEO, SJI

We have a special bond with our communities and are unwavering in our commitment to make them safe and inclusive. All of us, across every level and department will continue to lead by example and reinforce our values in how we serve our customers, support our communities, interact with each other and perform our jobs.

Across our organization, we promise to take meaningful actions regarding race relations to address the evident inequities in our communities and to best serve all our stakeholders. As One SJI, we stand together, committed to creating a better, more tolerant world within our organization and the communities where we are proud to live and work.

You can view the message we shared with our employees here.

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