More Than 130 Consumers Energy Interns Make Impact Volunteering for Michigan Nonprofits with Annual Challenge

 More Than 130 Consumers Energy Interns Make Impact Volunteering for Michigan
                       Nonprofits with Annual Challenge

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 21, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Some were "superheroes" to a
Boys and Girls Club. Others gave their time to Habitat for Humanity and to a
community garden in Grand Rapids. One group adopted a beach in Ludington and
cleared away 25 pounds of trash.

They all made a difference in the communities they serve.

More than 130 Consumers Energy summer interns volunteered this summer to do
work for nonprofit organizations across Michigan through the company's annual
Intern Challenge. The summer employees gave their time to 27 organizations.

"From their first day, our interns learn that caring for the communities we
serve is at the heart of our culture," said Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers
Energy's director of corporate giving. "They received training for their
future careers, and learned that some of our most important work takes place
in tandem with nonprofit and civic organizations."

Last year, Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $8 million in
contributions from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation
and the utility's parent company, CMS Energy. That doesn't count the many
hours that employees spent volunteering.

Consumers Energy's Intern Challenge is a competition that encourages interns
to develop creative solutions to needs in the communities the company serves.
Interns who took part in the competition attend more than 25 colleges and work
in a variety of areas for Consumers Energy, from engineering to information
technology to communications.

The winning Intern Challenge team of 10 interns did work for three
organizations in Jackson, the company's hometown. Interns did landscaping work
for the city's King Recreation Center, built a kiosk for a city hiker-biker
trail and did yard work at seniors' homes.

"This experience gave many of us a new understanding for the community we
serve and the chance to learn new skills and give back," the team wrote in
their project summary. "We hope that others saw what we were doing and are
willing to 'pass it forward'."

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Where they volunteered

Consumers Energy interns gave their time to 27 organizations throughout
Michigan this summer:

  oAlliance for the Great Lakes
  oBoys and Girls Club of Saginaw
  oHabitat for Humanity Genesee County
  oBay County Habitat for Humanity
  oStarfish Family Services (Inkster)
  oArts and Scraps (Dearborn)
  oAmerican Red Cross (Royal Oak)
  oHabitat for Humanity of Kent County
  oWell House (Grand Rapids)
  oKalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
  oDahlem Center (Jackson County)
  oGreater Lansing Food Bank
  oAWARE Shelter (Jackson)
  oJackson YMCA
  oSpecial Olympics in Jackson
  oKids Learning Fair and Jackson District Library
  oHabitat for Humanity Lansing (two projects)
  oJackson County Medical Care Facility
  oThe Village of Spring Meadows (Jackson)
  oKing Recreation Center, Parks and Recreation Department, Department on
    Aging (Jackson)
  oSt. Vincent de Paul (Jackson)
  oGreat Start Collaborative (Jackson)
  oJackson Community Food Pantry
  oGreater Jackson Habitat for Humanity

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