SoCalGas Helps Customers Facing Hardships, Annual Campaign Gives Gift of Warmth

   SoCalGas Helps Customers Facing Hardships, Annual Campaign Gives Gift of

Customer, Employee Donations Fund Grants to Help Those in Need

Local Nonprofit Agencies Provide Emergency Bill Payment Assistance

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Southern California Gas Co.
(SoCalGas) is inviting customers and employees to contribute to the company's
Gas Assistance Fund, a bill-assistance program that helps income-qualified
customers and those facing financial hardships with a one-time grant of up to
$100 per customer.

"The Gas Assistance Fund helps customers who need assistance stay warm in
winter and stretch their budget toward other important necessities," said
Gillian Wright, director of customer programs for SoCalGas. "SoCalGas thanks
the caring customers and employees whose generous donations have helped
improve the quality of life for friends and neighbors in our communities over
the past 30 years."

Administered by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Gas Assistance Fund
has helped more than 200,000 SoCalGas customers pay their natural gas utility
bills in times of need. Since the program's inception in 1983, SoCalGas
customers, employees, and shareholders have contributed more than $18 million,
with the funds then distributed annually.

Customers interested in making a donation may mail their voluntary
tax-deductible contributions to: United Way, Gas Assistance Fund, File 56826,
Los Angeles, CA 90074-6826, or donate online at

SoCalGas recognizes that its customers may face hardships and encourages those
who may be having difficulty paying their natural gas bills to contact
SoCalGas to work out special payment arrangements or to find out if they
qualify for other bill-assistance programs.

SoCalGas collects donations to the Gas Assistance Fund throughout the year and
will begin distributing funds between February and the end of May 2013 or
until the funds are depleted. Customers can visit (search "GAF")
to learn if they qualify for a grant. Additionally, SoCalGas and United Way
of Greater Los Angeles work with 80 to 100 volunteer nonprofit,
community-based organizations throughout our service territory to help
income-qualified customers obtain a grant to pay their natural gas utility

In addition to the Gas Assistance Fund, SoCalGas offers other customer
assistance programs and services that can help them manage home energy costs
during the winter months. More information is available at, or
toll-free at (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish.

About Southern California Gas Co.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and
reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is the
nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9
million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500
communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000
square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the
Mexican border.SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:


SOURCE Southern California Gas Co.

Contact: Javier Mendoza, Southern California Gas Co., +1-877-643-2331,
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