Consumers Energy makes contribution to TrueNorth Community Services for emergency assistance

   Consumers Energy makes contribution to TrueNorth Community Services for
                             emergency assistance

PR Newswire

FREMONT, Mich., Feb. 18, 2013

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

Website: http://www.truenorthservices.org
Contact: Darci David, +1-231-924-0641, darcid@truenorthservices.org
 
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