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Mobile Gas: Employees cook up a recipe of goodwill

Posted May 1, 2015

In the South, many people claim to be the best cooks, including some employees at Mobile Gas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural gas utility in southwest Alabama. Quite often, company potlucks turn into recipe exchange parties. For more than a decade now, Mobile Gas has been putting all of those mouth-watering recipes into one spot that’s accessible to everyone at the utility and beyond – and all for a good cause.

“In 2000, we created the Mobile Gas Employees’ Blue Flame Cookbook. It was such a success that we’re now on volume two,” said Maureen Miller, executive assistant at Mobile Gas.

Mobile Gas employees have a long history of being involved in their community. When the idea of creating a cookbook came about, employees quickly viewed it as a fun way to raise money for the charities they were most passionate about. The cookbooks cost $10 and over the past 15 years, a lot of them have been sold.

“Volume one raised about $8,500, and so far volume two has raised about $9,500,” said Miller. “We had no idea that the Mobile Gas Employees’ Blue Flame Cookbook would become so popular. We just wanted to share our favorite family recipes and give all the proceeds to a good cause.”

When it’s time to disperse the funds, all Mobile Gas employees are given the opportunity to submit an organization of their choice. A committee (consisting of employees) then decides which organizations will benefit and how much money they will receive.

“This year we are supporting several organizations, including Camp Rap-A-Hope, Home of Grace for Women, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Wings of Life, just to name a few,” said Miller.

Miller has overseen the cookbook project since its inception and says there are benefits associated with employees having a sense of pride and ownership in helping to decide which organizations they believe should get their support.

“Our employees are thrilled to have the opportunity to work together and raise money for charities they select,” said Miller. “It is a great team-building exercise, it’s fun and it helps others.”

The cookbooks are sold to the public at the utility headquarters in Mobile and during community events. They make great gifts, especially for teachers and special holidays such as Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner.