Atmos Energy’s passion for giving back to the communities they serve is woven throughout the culture as part of their Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program which focuses on three essential pillars:Fueling bright minds and healthy futures for our kids, fueling honor and thanks for our community heroes and fueling hope and growth for our neighbors. In 2022 alone, their employees volunteered nearly 34,000 hours to support community endeavors and nonprofit organizations, and Atmos donated more than $16 million to support 1,200 nonprofit organizations in the places where they live, work, and serve.
Here in Williamson County, Atmos Energy is particularly proud of its fifteen-year partnership with GraceWorks Ministries, which is an unwavering pillar of support for individuals and families navigating life’s challenges. GraceWorks stands as a testament to the indispensable might of community and collaboration, and its mission statement is simple: “Neighbor serving neighbor, by the power of God’s grace.” GraceWorks exemplifies the transformative capability of grace in action through various essential services including meals, shelter, financial assistance, counseling and emotional support.
Twenty-eight years ago, a group of concerned citizens and faith leaders in this community sought to provide a solution to the complex issue of poverty within their community, and GraceWorks Ministries was born. While most area nonprofits and churches at the time focused on a narrow set of support services, GraceWorks sought to work with existing organizations to offer more expansive support for low-income residents requiring food, clothing, housing and financial assistance. GraceWorks has since been extremely successful in bringing church resources together with public generosity and private donations to aid individuals and families in need.
Atmos Energy first partnered with GraceWorks Ministries in 2008, understanding the vital necessity to help their neighbors overcome the challenges they may face. As part of an enduring commitment to Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities, Atmos Energy has contributed more than $190,000 to GraceWorks initiatives, including $58,000 in 2022 which helped feed 930 neighbors in need. Since 2015, in partnership with the Atmos Sharing the Warmth program, GraceWorks has offered $166,280 in utility bill assistance to 471 households.
At Atmos Energy there are honored to support GraceWorks by embracing their example of compassion, kindness, and resilience while tirelessly striving to create a brighter future for all who cross their path. As our neighbors continue to face increasing challenges and the organization magnifies its ability to help this community, GraceWorks is currently engaging community partners in a search for six acres of space to construct a new building in Williamson County – or an existing facility with at least 60,000 square feet of available space and 200 parking spots – possibly through donation, discounted property, or a long- term land lease. If you would like to learn even more and discover how you can help the community by advancing GraceWorks’ mission, visit graceworkstn.org.