FORT SMITH, Arkansas – Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation (AOG) is contributing $10,000 towards the United Way of Fort Smith Area COVID-19 Response Fund.  This fund aligns with the company’s recent announcement to focus on relief efforts for those who have suffered from the devastating financial, educational and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. These funds will support area individuals and families who need utility assistance.

“During times of great need, we can always count on AOG to respond,” said Eddie Lee Herndon President, United Way of Fort Smith Area.   “We are extremely thankful for their donation and will be working to get these funds out rapidly to help those in need. AOG is a great community partner helping in so many ways from volunteerism to providing needed funding.”

 

“AOG is proud to assist with this relief effort,” said Kim Linam, Chief Administrative Officer, Arkansas Oklahoma Gas. “We understand that we are all in this together. The Fort Smith United Way plays a critical role in the River Valley area providing a vast amount of resources to struggling Arkansas / Oklahoma families who might otherwise go without during this unprecedented health crisis. Providing these utility relief resources is one way that we can support our customers and community members who are immediately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.”

The company has committed twenty thousand dollars overall to COVID-19 relief efforts in Arkansas/Oklahoma. In addition to donating to the Fort Smith United Way Area COVID-19 Response Fund, the company is also contributing to the Area Agency on Aging, the Community Services Clearinghouse, the Disabled American Veterans Fort Smith Chapter, and The Salvation Army.

On top of providing financial support to nonprofit organizations and supplying Wi-Fi hotspots to a variety of area school districts throughout its service territories. AOG has also suspended natural gas disconnections for nonpayment and is working with customers who may need payment assistance, arrangements, or extensions.

About Arkansas Oklahoma Gas

AOG provides natural gas service to approximately 60,000 residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma. We’ve been serving the residential and commercial customers in Fort Smith and the surrounding area with safe and reliable natural gas service for nearly 75 years.

Based in Fort Smith in the heart of the Arkoma Basin, this area is rich in natural gas production. That gives us the ability to access and transport natural gas produced from local wells. These local supplies, in combination with our ability to obtain natural gas from interstate pipelines, enable us to provide reliable natural gas service to all our customers.

In 2017, AOG joined a larger group of natural gas utilities when it combined with Summit Utilities, Inc. This added expertise to the team, as well as additional financial resources, for ongoing growth and investments to protect the integrity and safety of AOG’s natural gas system.

We take pride in being your local natural gas provider and look forward to continuing to serve families and businesses throughout the Fort Smith region for decades to come.