SoCalGas is helping families one diaper at a time! The utility collected and donated nearly 20,000 diapers and baby wipes to HomeAid Orange County this week. The organization constructs shelters and affordable housing for families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Over the last month we’ve collected these items at our Garden Grove facility. Our volunteers delivered the donation to HomeAid’s Diaper Drive at Christ Cathedral.
“This is the second year in a row we’ve partnered with HomeAid,” said Ian Burns field team lead at SoCalGas. “We are so happy that people continue to donate and volunteer to the organization.”
According to HomeAid, one baby needs 4,380 diapers per year. For families struggling to make ends meet, the cost of those over 4,000 diapers can be unaffordable.
“The success of our annual Diaper Drive would not be possible without our many partners, including SoCalGas,” said Gina Cunningham HomeAid Orange County’s executive director. “Our goal is to collect 1 million essential items (diapers, wipes, and baby food), so that parents in our community don’t have to choose between either buying diapers for their young child or buying gas to get to work.”
Burns added, “Today families are struggling to even get baby formula off the shelves, we want our donation to help alleviate any childcare necessities, especially while these families are trying to get back on their feet.”
Since 2017, we’ve granted HomeAid Orange County over $61,000 to support its vision of a future without homelessness. Our employees have also volunteered to wrap holiday gifts for the families residing in HomeAid’s Family Care Center—a short-term, emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Orange County.
Our partnership with HomeAid is part of the company’s ASPIRE 2045 sustainability strategy, which includes a commitment to invest $50 million over the next 5 years to drive positive change in diverse and underserved communities. Last year, SoCalGas contributed $9.6 million in total community investment, with $4.8 million supporting health & human services, and $2.3 million supporting education causes.