Strong communities rely on volunteers. More than 4,000 of our employees and retirees volunteer across Michigan annually. You’ll find them volunteering in classrooms, community centers and food pantries. To inspire and reward employees for helping their community, the Consumers Energy Foundation gives grants of up to $500 for the nonprofits with which they work. The VIP grant awards are doubled for organizations working with youth.
When team members volunteer as a group, the Consumers Energy Foundation donates $250 in Caring for Community grants to qualifying nonprofits. And they outfit us in company blue t-shirts so we can easily find each other when it’s time to carpool home. More than 1,000 employees formed groups last year to serve meals at homeless shelters, build homes for Habitat, beautify community spaces, deliver water and remove invasive species.
Employees have a particular soft spot for their community. We know this because we match employee donations dollar for dollar for gifts $25 or more, up to $1,000 per year to community foundations, food banks, homeless shelters and universities. Retiree donations are matched at 50%. Annually, the Consumers Energy Foundation donates $105,000 in matching funds. It’s our way of honoring our employees and retirees.