Consumers Energy makes contribution to TrueNorth Community Services for emergency assistance

Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:00pm EST

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FREMONT, Mich.,  Feb. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- TrueNorth Community Services, an
independent nonprofit agency that provides focused services to primarily rural
residents in northern lower  Michigan, announced that it has received a generous
 $1 million  contribution from Consumers Energy. The announcement was made by 
Bev Cassidy, President and CEO of TrueNorth.  

The contribution will be utilized to support and provide emergency assistance to
Consumers Energy customers throughout TrueNorth's 34 county service region. The
contribution will help to ensure the health and safety of low-income households
by providing financial support for emergency assistance with natural gas and
electric service and will be used to leverage additional assistance funds.  

Cassidy spoke to the Consumers Energy contribution and its impact on TrueNorth's
ability to serve. "Providing energy assistance to low-income households living
in primarily rural counties of northern  Michigan  presents unique challenges.
Low-income households in our service region spend between 15-30% of their income
on household energy bills and are increasingly facing shut-offs," said Cassidy.
"The generous contribution from Consumers Energy will allow us to serve
approximately 2,500 Consumer Energy customers who are facing shut-offs. We
sincerely appreciate and value Consumers Energy financial support and
partnership to help rural  Michigan  residents in need."  

Patti Poppe, vice president of customer experience and operations for Consumers
Energy said, "Consumers Energy's promise to  Michigan  includes supporting and
helping families in  Michigan, particularly those in need.  We're pleased to
work with TrueNorth on this important outreach effort."

About TrueNorth Community Services
TrueNorth Community Services  is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization that builds communities with many services but one mission. That
mission is to guide families to independence, while building healthy
communities. TrueNorth works to achieve this mission by addressing rural
poverty, ensuring that youth thrive, building vibrant communities and providing
innovative rural nonprofit leadership. Founded in 1972, TrueNorth continually
improves a fluid and flexible array of services to ensure those served can find
their own positive direction in life, their own true north. For additional
information about TrueNorth, you are encouraged to visit 
www.truenorthservices.org  or call (231) 924-0641.  

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of  Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  For more information, go to 
www.consumersenergy.com

SOURCE  TrueNorth Community Services


Darci David, +1-231-924-0641, darcid@truenorthservices.org

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