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Muskegon, Mich. Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded $3,200 in grants to five organizations in Muskegon County to recognize outstanding volunteerism by five utility employees.

The Volunteer Investment Program grants recognize:

  • Terry Welsh, combination relief operator at the J.H. Campbell Generating Complex in West Olive, who provided 215 hours of volunteer service over the past year with the Orchard View Athletic League in Muskegon.  Welsh served as league president, baseball advisor and assistant coach for a boys baseball team.  A $650 grant will be used for safety gear and youth scholarships. 
  • Nicholas W. Page, customer energy specialist III at the Muskegon service center, who performed 73 hours of volunteer service over the past 12 months with the East Muskegon Little League in Muskegon.  Page served as a youth baseball coach.  A $450 grant will be used for building a handicapped-accessible field.
  • Thomas A. Spelman, senior engineer II at the B.C. Cobb Plant in Muskegon, who provided 242 hours of volunteer service over the past year with The Empty Tomb.  He served as a youth service project leader.  A $650 grant will be used for baby food, medical supplies and youth mentoring programs.
  • John L. Fedder Jr., general maintenance planner II at B.C. Cobb, who performed 350 hours of volunteer service over the past 12 months with the Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America in Grand Rapids.  Fedder served on the properties committee and scout show facilities chair.  A $750 grant will be used for camping expenses and community outreach programs.
  • Arethia Young, administrative specialist I in Muskegon, who provided 580 hours of volunteer service over the past year with Brighter Futures in Norton Shores.  She tutored students and was a chaperone. A $700 grant will be used for educational trips and camp expenses.

The grants reflect doubled amounts through the Consumers Energy Foundation’s CEEPSACER Program.  CEEPSACER (Consumers Energy Employees Providing Service Around Children’s Essential Resources) was established as part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to America’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth.  America’s Promise works to provide every young person with the Five Promises so they will have a better chance to succeed in life.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding to areas including education, the environment, Michigan growth and enhancement, culture and the arts, social services and emerging issues.  For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation and its support of America’s Promise, visit our website at

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Media contact:   Timothy J. Pietryga (616) 530-4364, or 1-800-542-1195


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