Consumers Energy Foundation announces $500,000 award to Cristo Rey Community Center, Roscommon County United Way

JACKSON, Mich., October 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Consumers Energy Foundation today announced two grants totaling $500,000 for two organizations — Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing and Roscommon County United Way – in its third year of People Awards disbursements. The Consumers Energy Foundation’s People Awards support nonprofit organizations working to bring economic security to people. Michigan residents through programs and services focused on basic needs, education and preparation for the job market.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation is proud to support programs and initiatives that directly impact our neighbors and the communities we serve,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “These contributions will allow two incredible organizations to expand the work they do to meet the needs of Michiganders.”

The two winners of the People Awards chosen from more than 100 candidates are:

  • Cristo Rey Community Center ($250,000), Lansing
    • The funding supports basic needs assistance programs through physical infrastructure improvements that will increase the capacity and accessibility of their food pantries for food and personal needs.
  • United Way of County Roscommon ($250,000), Houghton Lake
    • The funding supports the establishment of a mobile soup kitchen program that will provide meals to county residents living at or below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. Additionally, grant funds will support other local food pantries with infrastructure improvements to increase capacity and impact.

“We at the Cristo Rey Community Center are humbled by the Consumers Energy Foundation’s significant investment in the work we do. Their support will create lasting change for our organization, the Greater Lansing areaand most importantly, the underserved and vulnerable population who benefit from our health, counseling and food access programs,” said Joe Garcia, General Manager of the Cristo Rey Community Center. “With this donation, we can expand our services, increase distribution and improve existing partnerships to better meet the needs of our community. Our organization has witnessed a surge in service needs and in order to meet those needs , committed partnerships are essential.We look forward to this partnership with the Consumers Energy Foundation and the tremendous changes that will come from their generosity and concern for the people of a community in which we are both deeply invested.

“It’s hard to find the right words to express the gratitude we feel for this extraordinarily generous grant,” said Cherrie Benchley, Executive Coordinator of Roscommon County United Way. “This will bring an incredibly positive change to our communities and the families we serve. Thank you barely seems enough to express our appreciation. We are so grateful”

The People Awards are the latest of three Signature Grant awards in 2022 totaling $1.5 million. The Foundation has previously awarded Planet Rewards and Prosperity Award to support nonprofit efforts that protect from michigan the environment and support economic development.

The Consumer Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, from michigan largest energy supplier. The Foundation contributes to the growth and strengthening of Michigan communities by investing in what matters most: our people, our planet and from michigan prosperity. In 2021, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed more than $17.5 million at Michigan Nonprofit.

Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), supplying natural gas and/or electricity to 6.8 million of the state’s 10 million people in the 68 counties of the Lower Peninsula.

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