Columbia Gas of Virginia Partners with Red Cross to Make Local Difference

Columbia Gas of Virginia partnered with the American Red Cross to help provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in Virginia communities including, disaster preparedness and response, health and safety courses, blood drives and assisting military members and their families.

The partnership encouraged customers to sign up for its free paperless Direct e-Bill service earlier this year. During the two month campaign, each customer who signed up initiated a donation of $10 to the Red Cross. In total, 1,746 customers signed up.

“We are committed to playing an active role in supporting the communities where we live and work, said Columbia Gas of Virginia President Carl Levander. "This partnership provided our customers a great opportunity to support the Red Cross and its local programs throughout Virginia."

“Red Cross provides relief to victims of nearly 70,000 disasters each year, and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies,” said Neal Litvack, Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross. “The generous support of Columbia Gas of Virginia and its customers ensures the Red Cross is here for people in your local communities who need our help.”

Signing-up for Direct E-bill Is Simple and Free

Columbia Gas of Virginia’s free electronic billing service is a convenient way customers can manage their account and help the environment at the same time. Instead of getting a paper bill in the mail, customers receive an e-mail notification that their gas bill is available to view on Columbia’s Web site the same day it’s rendered.

Customers can pay their bill online at no charge and perform other business on their account, too, 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.
For more information about Columbia’s Direct e-Bill paperless billing service and other online self-service options, visit www.ColumbiaGasVa.com or call 1.800.543.8911.

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 RedCross.org or join our blog at blog.RedCross.org.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 245,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at www.ColumbiaGasVa.com.