PeopleCare Marks 30 Years of Helping Michigan Residents

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The Salvation Army has bestowed its highest national award for corporate citizenship to Consumers Energy for its 30-year leadership with the PeopleCare assistance program.

About 8,000 families each year in Michigan receive emergency help of some kind through PeopleCare, a program launched in 1983 by Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army to help Michigan residents in need. From a simple bus ticket to a child’s first pair of eyeglasses, the program is having an impact on Michigan families.

Consumers Energy employees and customers have donated nearly $17 million to PeopleCare, and the company has provided more than $33 million in bill credits since its inception.

The Salvation Army recently bestowed its highest national award for corporate citizenship – The William Booth Award – to Consumers Energy for its 30-year leadership with the PeopleCare assistance program.

With significant cuts in various public assistance programs, particularly federal programs, and the slow economic recovery for many lower income households, the need is expected to be great in 2013.

Each October, with cold weather around the corner, Consumers Energy makes a public appeal to our 2.9 million customers and employees to support PeopleCare with a special check-off box on customer bills which “makes every penny count.”  Employee donations are matched by Consumers Energy. 

Part of our Promise to Michigan is caring for the communities we serve. PeopleCare helps us do just that. Learn more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/peoplecare.