National Salvation Army Grants Consumers Energy Highest Award For Corporate Citizenship

 National Salvation Army Grants Consumers Energy Highest Award For Corporate


PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 23, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --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.

The Salvation Army's Western Michigan Northern Indiana Divisional Commander
Major Thomas Bowers presented the William Booth Award at the organization's
national advisory board conference last week in Grand Rapids. Major Bowers was
assigned to Jackson in 1983 when PeopleCare was launched by Consumers Energy
and The Salvation Army to help Michigan residents in need.

"We're honored to be recognized for the partnership we've had with The
Salvation Army for the past 30 years," said David Mengebier, Consumers Energy
senior vice president for governmental and public affairs, who accepted the
award on the company's behalf. "Part of our Promise to Michigan is caring for
the communities we serve. PeopleCare helps us do just that."

Consumers Energy employees and customers have donated nearly $17 million to
PeopleCare since 1983. In addition, the company has provided more than $33
million in bill credits during this time.

"Because you have evidenced deep concern for others as exemplified by William
Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, this award is presented to Consumers
Energy for outstanding contributions for the betterment of humanity, personal
participation and civic and philanthropic affairs," said Major Bowers. The
William Booth Award is the most prestigious national recognition that the
Salvation Army awards to organizational partners.

About 8,000 families each year in Michigan receive emergency help of some kind
through PeopleCare- everything from as simple as a bus ticket to a child's
first pair of eyeglasses. 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 this year.

Each October, with cold weather around the corner, Consumers Energy makes a
public appeal to its 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.

Consumers Energy customers can support PeopleCare's work of helping Michigan
families through a variety of channels.

Customers may donate $3 a month or make a one-time donation of $5 by checking
one of the boxes at the top of their October utility bills. People who prefer
to contribute a different amount can make an online donation at, or write a check to PeopleCare and mail
it to:

  c/o The Salvation Army
  PO Box 27518
  Lansing, MI 48909

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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Contact: Roger Morgenstern, 616/530-4364; or Brian Wheeler, 517/788-2394
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