Mt. Pleasant was a sea of blue today as more than 300 Consumers Energy employees volunteered to beautify three city-owned locations, while wearing “Caring for Community” t-shirts.
“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 of our 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 for a total of $750 to the City to encourage and support volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees.
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,” said Ridley. “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.”
Many of the Engineering Services Department volunteers traveled from outside Mt. Pleasant for their department training.
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.
Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and the utility’s parent company, CMS Energy.