Columbia Gas, Red Cross unite for worthy causes

COLUMBUS – Columbia Gas of Ohio is partnering with the American Red Cross to help the environment and the Red Cross in Ohio.

The company will donate $5 to six Red Cross chapters, including Jefferson County, for each of the first 4,000 customers who enroll in e-Bill paperless billing, a free service, through March 31. In addition to Jefferson County Chapter, the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, Clark County Chapter, First Capital District Chapter, American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley and the Ohio River Valley Chapter, will share in the up to $20,000 Columbia Gas will donate.

The money will be used to help provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in their community including:

Disaster preparedness.

Disaster relief and recovery assistance.

First aid and CPR training.

Disease prevention initiatives.

Blood collections.

“We’ve all witnessed the devastating effects of natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and other emergency events on a national scale,” said Columbia Gas of Ohio President Jack Partridge. “But, it’s important that we’re prepared if something happens in our own backyard. The Red Cross is the organization that can help.”

Neal Litvack, Red Cross chief development officer, said the partnership “will help ensure that the Red Cross is there, whether we are helping a family recover from a house fire or teaching community members how they can prepare for emergencies.”

To sign up, visit and select “Manage Your Account.” Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, customers receive an e-mail notification that their utility bill is available to view the same day it’s rendered.

E-bill customers can continue to mail their payments if they prefer. Or, they can pay their bill online at no charge and perform other business on their account, such as signing up for the budget payment plan. The e-mail notification also includes a link to electronic versions of monthly bill inserts, customer newsletters and other important account information.