Williams pledges $1 million toward coronavirus recovery

Tulsa’s Williams  announced that The Williams Foundation has pledged $1 million to provide community support during what it calls “this unprecedented time of financial volatility and global health concern.”

“Not only does the coronavirus pandemic continue to create disruption in our communities, but we are also closely monitoring the collapse in oil prices and the potential fallout this will have in those communities whose livelihood comes from this industry,” said Alan Armstrong, Williams President and CEO.

“Now, more than ever, it is important for us to be there for our communities in this time of significant need. We recognize how critical first responders, non-profit organizations and schools are to the longevity and overall well-being of a community, and we want to ensure their ability to meet needs not only today, but in the long-term as well.”

Grants for community support will focus primarily on emergency response, food insecurity, health and human services and K-12 distance learning solutions for public schools. The Foundation also will support Williams’ employees in making an impact, matching contributions to amplify their efforts.

The Williams Foundation has established an intake form for grant requests on its website and encourages 501(c)3 organizations, first responders and K-12 schools to apply online. Grant requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and funded based on need and impact within the communities that Williams operates. The website is www.williams.com/community/community-giving.

In addressing the coronavirus pandemic, Armstrong said, “Safeguarding our people and neighbors is fundamental to everything we do during these challenging times. As a critical natural gas infrastructure provider, Williams maintains robust plans and contingencies to ensure business and operational continuity. Our employees are critical to safely operating our business, and we continue to make immediate changes to business practices to stay aligned with federal and state guidelines related to coronavirus.”

Among the actions Williams has taken to date:

  • Implementing telecommuting for those who can perform their duties remotely
  • Tightening controlled access restrictions to Pipeline Control centers and operations locations to only those who are absolutely business critical
  • Implementing social distancing principles and practices in addition to intensifying our observance of CDC good hygiene practices
  • Increasing sanitation cleaning frequency and intensity at our pipeline control areas, offices and facilities
  • Initiating a self-reporting process for any employee COVID-19 issue that arises and offering paid leave to employees who have a critical need related to COVID-19

Source: Business Wire