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SOURCE Consumers Energy
JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $8 million in contributions in 2013 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its Foundation and the utility's parent company, CMS Energy.
"In this extremely cold winter and all year, we work to fulfill our Promise to care for the communities we serve," said David Mengebier, Consumers Energy's senior vice president of governmental and public affairs and president of the Consumers Energy Foundation.
"Helping Michigan residents in need today creates opportunities for our state's future and supports the strategic work being done by many nonprofit organizations."
Three million dollars of the contributions in 2013 went to organizations that provide direct energy assistance to those in need, including The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), $1.5 million; TrueNorth Community Services, $1 million; and The Salvation Army, $500,000.
The United Way also received significant support, with $1.7 million going to 58 local United Way organizations. Of that amount, $1.1 million was contributed by employees and retirees.
Other highlights of Consumers Energy's contributions in 2013:
"What is striking is the diversity of ways in which our employees and retirees contributed to communities throughout Michigan. Our combined efforts make a difference in communities in which our employees live, work and play," Mengebier said.
Notable 2013 grants included:
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues. For more information about the foundation, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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