Columbia Gas of Massachusetts offers customers chance to support Red Cross chapters
Westborough, MA – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company NiSource, Inc. today announced a partnership with the American Red Cross.
For each customer who enrolls in the Columbia Gas free Direct e-Bill paperless billing service between now and March 31, 2013, the company will donate $10 to Red Cross chapters in Massachusetts to help provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in their community including:
- Disaster preparedness
- Disaster relief and recovery assistance
- First aid and CPR training
- Disease prevention initiatives
- Blood collections
- Assistance to the military and their families
“We’ve all witnessed the devastating effects of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and other emergency events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and fires,” said Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. “We are proud to partner with the Red Cross, providing donations to them on behalf of our customers. The Red Cross always steps up to provide emergency assistance to those in need and we hope this partnership provides needed funds to support their important mission in our own backyard.”
“We thank Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its customers for their support of the Red Cross mission,” said Neal Litvack, American Red Cross Chief Development Officer. “This partnership will help ensure that the Red Cross is there, whether we are helping a family recover from a house fire or teaching community members how they can prepare for emergencies.”
Signing-up for Direct E-bill is Free and Simple
The paperless billing option is a free and convenient way for customers to manage their account and help the environment at the same time. Simply visit www.ColumbiaGasMA.com and select “Manage Your Account” to sign up for free paperless Direct e-Bill services.
Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, customers receive an e-mail notification that their utility bill is available to view the same day it’s rendered.
E-bill customers can continue to mail their payment if they prefer. Or, they can pay their bill on-line at no charge and perform other business on their account, such as signing up for the Budget Payment Plan. The e-mail notification also includes a link to electronic versions of monthly bill inserts, customer newsletters and other important account information.
Learn more about what your local American Red Cross chapter is doing in your community by visiting www.redcross.org.
The Company will donate $10 to the American Red Cross for each customer in Massachusetts who signs up for paperless Direct e-Bill between February 1, 2013, and March 31, 2013, up to an aggregate maximum commitment of $15,000. Enrollment in paperless Direct e-Bill is not tax deductible.
The Company’s donation will support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross whether it’s responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life, or assisting military members and their families throughout our service territories.
The American Red Cross name is a registered trademark used with permission.
About Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at www.nisource.com.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.