2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

How we are creating a smarter foundation for a sustainable future
Recognizing Outstanding Community Service
Photos: Lewis Stewart

PG&E has given the Mielke Awards annually since 1986 to recognize employees who have performed outstanding community service. The awards honor former PG&E Chairman and CEO, Frederick W. Mielke, Jr., known for encouraging employees to support the community, an important value that continues today.

In addition to the annual awards celebration in San Francisco, one of the recipients travels to Washington, D.C., to participate in a ceremony to honor winners of the prestigious Jefferson Award. This national award for public and community service was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and several other distinguished leaders.

In 2008, there were five Mielke Award Winners. PG&E donated $5,000 to each of the non-profit organizations they selected.

Nancy Avilla has volunteered for eight years with the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation to help organize a women's triathlon, raising funds to provide free mammograms at the hospital. A portion of the funds goes toward scholarships for female high school graduates pursuing health care careers. Avilla, who also competes in the triathlon and helped create the event's web site, is a hydro clerk in power generation.

Jason Brown founded the Grant Jr. Pacers youth football and cheerleading program for 150 boys and girls in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood in Sacramento. Along with fellow employee Teveris Towne, Brown, a quality-improvement specialist at the bill and payment processing center, has helped to create a first-class youth sports organization for a troubled area and set up a link with local schools so youth are held accountable for maintaining good grades.

Barry Clark and his wife, Janelle, have devoted weekends and vacations to volunteering with the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek for the last 14 years. In addition to being a member of the animal advocacy board, Clark raises funds, manages sports memorabilia auction items, nurtures kittens and visits patients in the local hospital with his cat, Matt.

Ann Kim joined Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS), a support and action group for women under 45 who are living with breast cancer. The PG&E attorney began volunteering with the group to provide comfort to other women. As a founding board member, Kim helped BAYS organize as a non-profit and was elected president of the group for 2009.

Gino Rinaldi has volunteered with the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation for 13 years, where he is vice president of the Board of Directors. Rinaldi, a cable splicer, is a burn survivor himself, and his most valuable role may be as a counselor and peer supporter for PG&E employees, their families and others who have experienced fire-related injuries.