SANOSTEE – When the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company started a free service to provide propane to community members on the Navajo Nation, the company did not expect it to be a sought-after need.
“We’re finding it’s an essential service. We use it for heat, we use it for cooking, we use it for heating water,” Bill McCabe, community relations officer for NNOGC, said.
“We don’t have electricity or natural gas service to all our residents. This is just our way of trying to make sure everyone has what they need through this period,” McCabe said about the impact of the coronavirus on communities.
The tribal enterprise teamed with Nations Gas Technologies Inc., a Navajo-owned business that offers propane and natural gas service and products, for the program, designed mainly to assist the elderly.
“Again, it was to service those people in the community during this period of hardship,” McCabe said.
The work is part of the overall $300,000 in goods and services NNOGC has donated to communities to alleviate pressure on families to follow stay at home orders issued by tribal and state governments because of the public health emergency.
The latest distribution was setup at the Tsé Alnaozt’i’í Chapter house on May 8 in Sanostee.