Atmos Energy has donated $100,000 to the ongoing efforts of rebuilding Rolling Fork after severe storms and tornadoes demolished the city on March 24.
In addition to the donation, Atmos, through its Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, presented 1,000 Chik-fil-A lunches to faculty, staff, students, and town residents at South Delta School. Employees with the energy company also volunteered to clean up Russell Park in the city.
“Residents of Rolling Fork have been in our thoughts and prayers since March 24. At Atmos Energy we recognize that in addition to restoring service as quickly and safely as possible, we also have the responsibility to help the community in their rebuilding efforts,” Mathew Davidson, president of the Mississippi division, said. “Melanie Powell and her team at the Community Foundation of Washington County are doing remarkable things, and we hope this contribution enhances the work being done.”
This is the second philanthropic contribution Atmos Energy has given to benefit Rolling Fork. In the days following the tornado, Atmos made a $50,000 contribution to the American Red Cross. This additional contribution to the Community Foundation of Washington County will address long-term recovery in the town.
“As we navigate the challenges throughout the rebuilding process in Rolling Fork, Atmos Energy’s commitment to community service remains resolute,” Central District Commissioner Brent Bailey said. “Their collaboration with local organizations, government entities, and residents has fostered a sense of unity and shared purpose, creating a stronger, more resilient community for all and we are grateful to be a part of these efforts.”
To date, Atmos Energy has performed nearly $3 million worth of work restoring the natural gas system and infrastructure in Rolling Fork. All previous customers have access to gas service, and more than 50 percent of these previous customers have been reinstated.