GATC was recently honored by Georgia Natural Gas with a TrueBlue Community Award in recognition of the outstanding work of the club’s Community Outreach program. The awards recognize people, non-profits, schools and communities that focus their efforts on children and education, seniors, energy assistance and the environment. From more than 100 applicants, 13 non-profit organizations were selected to receive awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.
A panel of judges made up of corporate and community leaders, including the former president of Atlanta Gas Light, a representative from the Atlanta mayor’s office, and the head of Community Relations for WXIA-TV, studied the submissions and selected the final award winners.
At the awards ceremony on October 23, eight Natural Leader awards of $2,500 each were announced, as well as four Blue Flame awards of $5,000 each. Then, the TrueBlue Community award was announced – with GATC named as the recipient for this year.
The judges recognized the value of connecting young people with nature. GATC’s Outreach group typically gets about 1500 children and youth out on dayhikes, backpacking trips, and overnights at the Len Foote Hike Inn each year. Separated from their cell phones, video games, and other electronics, they learn about the natural world and conservation. More importantly, they experience nature, become comfortable in it, and appreciate the value of preserving it for future generations.
Prior to the October presentation, Georgia Natural Gas met with leaders from the two top-ranked organizations to prepare a video presentation about the organization. The GATC video is available online.