Neighbors Helping Neighbors Share the Warmth this Holiday Season

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Nicor Gas is reaching out to the community and media to inform the public about Nicor’s Neighbor Helping Neighbors Share the Warmth this Holiday Season. 


For 27 years the Salvation Army has administered the Nicor Gas Sharing Program, providing millions of dollars and helping close to 80,000 customers stay warm during the winter months.  The Sharing program has helped so many thanks to the generous contributions from customers, the general public, and Nicor Gas’ own employees.  Donations are also matched by Nicor Gas, up to $175,000 annually.

Claudia Colalillo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Contributions for Nicor Gas said, “Due to the greater demand for help, we hope those who are able to make a donation would consider giving a gift of warmth through the Sharing Program.”

Through the Sharing Program, Nicor Gas is asking the general public to give the gift of warmth for a family or individual in need that helps qualifying customers pay their heating bills.  During Nicor’s holiday fundraising sharing drive be a good neighbor, give the gift of warmth.

Who may be helped:

  • A single mother supporting her children
  • A senior on a fixed income
  • A family of 4 with a wage earner recently laid-off
  • An uninsured person with an illness
  • A person on temporary disability
  • A recent widow/widower
  • A family or individual that meets the federal government poverty level guide lines

How to make contributions to the Sharing Program:

Customers can make donations to the Sharing Program by simply circling the appropriate box on their monthly gas bill payment stub and adding the contribution amount to what is owed.  If you pay your gas bill electronically, call 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748) or log on to your account at to pledge a sharing contribution.  To make a donation by check, please make it out to “Sharing c/o the Salvation Army” and mail it to: Sharing c/o The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 30049, Chicago, IL 60630-0049.  The Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides annual grants up to $450 to qualified residential customers who need assistance in paying their heating bills.  

It is all about neighbors helping neighbors stay warm during the winter months. 

Who may qualify:                                                                                                                                                      

To qualify you must be a Nicor Gas heating customer with a payment due and be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance programs.  Eligible customers must meet the income level guidelines.

How to apply for the Sharing Program:

Apply in person at your local Salvation Army office.  If you are approved for a Sharing Program Grant, the Salvation Army will make payments to Nicor Gas on your behalf.  What better gift to give then the gift of warmth to those in need.  Nicor Gas is sending a bill insert to customers in the hopes of continuing to meet the rising needs of qualified applicants by increasing donations to the Sharing Program.  Nicor Vice President Colalillo continued, “We hope to continue the programs efforts in the years to come.”

The Nicor Gas Sharing Program can help…. but we can’t do it without you.

For more information about on the Sharing Program and a list of Salvation Army offices, call:  1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748) or visit and click on financial assistance. 

Nicor Gas is one of the nation’s largest gas distribution companies.  Owned by Nicor Inc. (NYSE: GAS) a holding company, Nicor gas has provided safe and reliable natural gas services for over 50 years. The Company serves two million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago.

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