In addition to providing grants to nonprofit organizations, Consumers Energy supports nonprofit groups and community activities through its Corporate Giving program. The application process is the same for a grant from the Foundation or the Corporate Giving program.
The Heat and Warmth Fund and Michigan FFA are beneficiaries of our Corporate Giving program. The program also supports unique sponsorships such as the Senior Citizen of the Year Award.
We also help to strengthen lives and communities through special outreach efforts. They include:
In-kind Community Support
In 2013, our employees, retirees and the corporation pledged $1.7 million to 58 local United Ways serving communities in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Employees and retirees also volunteer on fund-raising campaigns, accept leadership roles, serve on boards and participate in employee-volunteer events. They also earn Volunteer Investment Program grants from the Consumers Energy Foundation for volunteering for the United Way and partner organizations.
Each year, the employees, retirees and customers of Consumers Energy contribute approximately $650,000 to the PeopleCare program, a charitable collaboration with The Salvation Army serving Michigan. Since 1983, PeopleCare has helped more than 7,000 households per year, providing emergency aid for items such as groceries, clothing, prescriptions, rent and car repairs. Additionally, Consumers Energy annually contributes $1.5 million in the form of energy bill credits to help customers needing bill payment assistance.
The Salvation Army, through its 38 Corps community centers in Consumers Energy territory, determines eligibility for both the bill credits and emergency assistance and distributes the aid. PeopleCare is provided in tandem with other case management services that help improve household stability. Since program inception, PeopleCare has distributed over $50 million to 350,000 Michigan households.
In-Kind Community Support
Consumers Energy and CMS Energy support communities through in-kind donations of services and goods.
These include donating or selling used computers, furniture and office equipment for qualified nonprofit agencies; facilitating meetings; providing job shadowing for students; and connecting employees and retirees to volunteer opportunities.
For inquiries about in-kind community support, please contact:
Consumers Energy Foundation
One Energy Plaza, EP8-210
Jackson, MI 49201-2276
Updated March 2013
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