More Than 120 Consumers Energy Summer Interns Jump Into Community Service Across Michigan With Annual Intern Challenge

  More Than 120 Consumers Energy Summer Interns Jump Into Community Service
                 Across Michigan With Annual Intern Challenge

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JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 15, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --More than 120 Consumers Energy
interns this summer continued a tradition of giving back to the community,
carrying out 28 community service projects that helped a food bank, Habitat
for Humanity, a shelter for victims of abuse, and more.

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Consumers Energy's Intern Challenge is a competition that challenges interns
to develop creative solutions to needs in the communities the company serves.
Interns formed 18 teams that worked on projects outside the office in Jackson,
Kalamazoo, Midland, Macomb County, and other locations.

"I'm constantly surprised by the ingenuity and creativity these young people
demonstrate in developing ideas and following them," said Carolyn Bloodworth,
director of corporate giving for Consumers Energy. "They test their skills as
a team and see the value of giving back to the community."

The interns' projects included the following:

  oOne group built a nesting box for peregrine falcons that will be placed
    near the stack of the Karn/Weadock power plant, north of Bay City.
  oA team of two interns volunteered at a shelter for domestic abuse victims
    in Midland, Cooking and serving a meal of Mexican food to about 50
    residents and shelter staff.
  oInterns participated in seven projects for Habitat for Humanity around the
    state. Tasks including building a home, tearing a house down and making
    repairs to a home whose owner could not do the work on her own.
  oOne team taught environmental lessons and planted a garden with summer
    students at a Jackson school.
  oInterns talked about Consumers Energy programs and played bingo, and
    handed out gift certificates to seniors at local senior fairs and a center
    in Macomb County.

Interns' efforts have led to short-term benefits and to lasting good for
nonprofit organizations all over Michigan. Consumers Energy plans to sponsor
another Challenge next summer.

"Our Promise is to care for the communities we serve," Bloodworth said. "The
Intern Challenge is a phenomenal way to help build that commitment, and we
expect it to continue."

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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