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, an AOG news release states. 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,” Eddie Lee Herndon, president of the United Way of Fort Smith Area said in the release. “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 $20,000 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.