Teaching Students About Natural Resources During State Arbor Day Festivities
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance requested $10,000 to support the State Arbor Day program for 2016, and the Consumers Energy Foundation was happy to oblige. Specifically, funds were used to provide natural resource educational programming to students in the second and third grades from Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee, Jackson and Ionia counties.
Protecting West Michigan’s Barrier Dunes
We provided a $20,000 grant to the Land Conservancy of West Michigan’s Barrier Dunes Sanctuary Addition in Whitehall in Muskegon County. This project expands White River Township’s Barrier Dunes Sanctuary Nature Preserve to increase its scenic, recreational, environmental and economic value to the community, and protect the preserve from the imminent threat of development.
More Than 300 Team Members Volunteer to Help Beautify City
More than 300 team members volunteered to beautify three city locations in Mt. Pleasant. They painted. They raked. They gardened. They got the job done.
“We have an annual two-day, department-wide conference in beautiful Mt. Pleasant, a destination we look forward to every year,” said Scott Thomas, executive manager of engineering services at Consumers Energy.
“Our time together has traditionally included giving back to the community in some way. This year, employees have once again raised funds to support the PeopleCare Program and included a volunteer opportunity in the Mt. Pleasant area to demonstrate their care for the communities we serve.”
Consumers Energy coordinated with the City of Mt. Pleasant to identify volunteer projects for 305 employees. Projects included:
Staining a trail handrail at Millpond Park
Spreading woodchips on trails at Mission Creek Park
Raking pine needles at Riverside Cemetery
The Consumers Energy Foundation contributed a Caring for Community grant for each of the three projects. Nancy Ridley, Mt. Pleasant City Manager, accepted the check for the grants.
“Consumers Energy today went above and beyond what it means to be a good corporate neighbor,” Ridley said. “I am happy and very thankful to accept this check on behalf of the city for our parks and to see the wonderful transformation accomplished in one day from an army of more than 300 volunteers with big hearts. Our Mt. Pleasant parks are one of our points of pride, and today even more improved because of Consumers Energy employees.”
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.
Consumers Energy Foundation Donates $50,000 to Ministry with Community
With plans to build a new facility in downtown Kalamazoo, the Ministry with Community needed $50,000, and Consumers Energy was happy to contribute.
The new building will serve as a daytime shelter that’s open to all, especially the homeless, mentally ill and those suffering from extreme poverty, personal crises and addiction. The shelter will offer free meals, showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, lockers, haircuts, daily support groups and counseling, employee transportation, bus tokens, job-related work boots and clothes, medical referrals, computer access, application assistance, educational and enrichment courses and more.
Helping AmeriCorps Help Michigan Veterans
The Michigan Association of United Ways – AmeriCorps Veterans Resource Navigator Program needed a grant to provide the living stipend for 10 AmeriCorps members serving in Michigan. The program connects veterans to the benefits they are eligible to receive. Michigan is also home to more than 660,000 service personnel—the 11th largest veteran population in the U.S. Consumers Energy was honored by the opportunity to help, awarding a grant for $25,000.
Summer’s Even Better with Books
With a goal to promote literacy among children, the Kent District Library needed $25,000 to support its summer reading program and expand the hands-on educational offerings of the library. The Consumers Energy Foundation came through. Grant funds will be used to support KDL Lab programs—providing opportunities for hands-on learning in a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) subjects, including pre-robotics kits.
We Gotta Have Art
When the Muskegon Museum of Art needed funding for an exhibit featuring Michigan artists, we got involved, providing a $15,000 grant. This enabled the Muskegon Museum of Art to plan 16 contemporary art exhibitions in 2015 to 2016, three of which featured more than 150 Michigan artists.
Consumers Energy Foundation Supports Michigan Reads!
We provided a $32,000 grant to the Library of Michigan Foundation to support Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book Program. The initiative promotes an early connection to books and reading for Michigan’s next generation. The support will help the Library of Michigan Foundation continue providing books and reading kits to approximately 580,000 children throughout the state.
We Helped the New H2O! Exhibit Get Afloat
The Consumers Energy Foundation provided a $150,000 grant to the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing to support its new H2O! exhibit. The new feature focuses on water stewardship and STEM education. It aligns with state science benchmarks and will help connect concepts of the physical properties of water as it relates to sinking and floating, and to properties of states of matter.
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