The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy to receive Joint Energy Award

The Salvation Army is proud to honor our local energy partners that make utilities affordable for community members in need.  On Tuesday, June 28, we’re recognizing Consumers Energy and Peoplecare at the National Energy & Utility Affordability Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their outstanding work. Read the press release below (or visit www.sawmni.org) to learn how their collaboration has benefited thousands of households and individuals who need it most:

The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy to receive Joint Energy Award

Awards ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 8:00 a.m. at the National Energy & Utility Affordability Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI June 27, 2011 – After many years of significant collaboration between The Salvation Army and electric and gas utility companies across the nation, The Salvation Army will present an annual recognition award to outstanding examples of such collaborations which jointly manage a utility affordability program, acknowledging the importance of these programs which provide energy assistance to our most vulnerable citizens in times of great need.

The recipients of the inaugural certificates are Consumers Energy and PeopleCare, a joint utility affordability program of the Western Michigan and Northern Indiana and the Eastern Michigan Divisions of The Salvation Army. In 2010, Consumers Energy customers, employees and retirees contributed more than $842,000 to PeopleCare to assist more than 4,800 Michigan households. PeopleCare helps provide emergency aid for items such as groceries, clothing, prescriptions, rent or mortgage payments. In 2011, Consumers Energy plans to contribute $1.5 million in energy bill credits to help cover the cost of electricity and natural gas for those in need.

“Because the number of people needing assistance has grown due to Michigan’s economy, we are providing an additional $1 million in Corporate Giving this year to The Salvation Army,” said John Russell, president and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy. “The Salvation Army, which determines eligibility for bill credits and assistance and distributes the aid, will use the added funds to provide long-term case management assistance to help improve household and financial stability,” Russell added.

“We are delighted to honor the work of both Consumers Energy and the PeopleCare program with this award,” said National Social Services Secretary Major Betty A. Israel. “We are equally pleased that we have a wonderful opportunity to provide programs and services that directly assist our neighbors in need,” Major Israel added.

Representatives of Consumers Energy and PeopleCare will be in attendance to receive the award from the National Social Services Secretary Major Betty A. Israel. The award will be presented at the National Fuel Fund Network Annual Meeting during the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference, Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, June 28, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

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