Code Purple representatives Becky Martin (third from left, front) and Diane Kaskeski (fifth from left, front) stand with members of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation team as they begin to load the Code Purple bus with coat donations collected at the Company’s groundbreaking event in Dover last week.
Dover, Delaware – Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Chesapeake Utilities) (NYSE: CPK) today announced a partnership with Code Purple, a Delaware-based non-profit organization, to collect new and gently-used winter coats during the fall and winter months for individuals and families in need. The coat drive will last until November 18. Donation boxes are located at Chesapeake Utilities office locations throughout Delaware. Coats will be distributed on Code Purple’s Giving Day, December 3.
“As our employees interact with members of our community on a daily basis and see the struggles that many face during the colder months, we look for ways to help people and are proud to partner with Code Purple,” said Michael P. McMasters, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. “Our employees take great pride in helping our communities and creating meaningful connections where we live and work. We hope that our customers and community members will join us in this coat drive to help keep our neighbors warm this winter.”
As part of the coat drive, Chesapeake Utilities employees are partnering with local community groups to collect new and gently-used coats and cold weather accessories including gloves, hats and scarves. The Company welcomes the public’s participation as well in the collection effort. Boxes are available for coat drop-off at three Company walk-in locations:
“The mission of Code Purple Kent County is to help people who are homeless find a place of refuge or shelter when winter weather conditions become too dangerous for individuals or families to remain outside. Partnering with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the local community to collect coats and winter weather clothing accessories provides us with the resources we need to help those in need,” said Becky Martin, Founder of Code Purple Kent County. “Coats are not a luxury, but an essential protection for people in need who may be outside when temperatures drop below freezing. It is crucial to have the support of local companies to help us in our mission. Working together, we can make a stronger impact and provide those in need with shelter and comfort they otherwise would not get.”
Chesapeake Utilities also supports the Delmarva community through the Company’s annual Sharing Fund, also known as the Chesapeake Emergency Energy Recipient Program (CHEERP), which ensures that the elderly, ill and those facing financial hardship are not forgotten during the cold winter months when energy bills are at their peak. Over the last ten years, Chesapeake Sharing distributed more than 2,100 grants totaling more than $475,000 to Delmarva families in need of financial assistance. For more information about SHARING and to make a tax-deductible donation visit: www.chesapeakesharing.com
About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified energy company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission, gathering and processing, and marketing; electricity generation and distribution; propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing; and other businesses. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s businesses is available at www.chpk.com.
Please note that Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is not affiliated with Chesapeake Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration company headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Senior Director of Corporate Communications
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation