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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125
My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125


Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

 Last year, the Consumers Energy Foundation awarded 233 volunteer grants worth $120,075 to nonprofit organizations across Michigan. 

The following is a list of fourth quarter 2014 Volunteer Investment Program grants awarded in Kent County and the surrounding area, and the employee/retiree volunteers:


  • $550 to Camp Blodgett: Steven Herrygers
  •  $300 to Family Promise of Grand Rapids: Cindy Bateson
  • $950 to Neurofibromatosis Support Group of West Michigan: David Gladyness and David Dacey
  • $450 to Resurrection Lutheran Preschool: Nancy Pierce
  • $450 to Rockford Hockey Association: Ryan Seauvageau
  • $150 to Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan: Ellen Sutton
  • $300 to West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association: John Lakatos


  • $800 to Boy Scout Troop 1193: Javier Ruiz


  • $550 to USBC Mid-Michigan Youth Association: Douglas Sanders


  • $650 to Boy Scout Troop 1008: William Eckert III
  • $550 to Civil Air Patrol Michigan Wing 119th: Derek Stewart
  • $550 to Hile Recreation-Summer recreation girls softball: Jeffrey Nestell
  • $225 to Mission for Area People: William Eckert III
  • $500 to Muskegon Catholic Central Mission Trip: Roger Morgenstern
  • $450 to Muskegon Catholic Central Varsity Boys Soccer Team: Roger Morgenstern
  • $475 to Muskegon Rotary: Laurie Larsen and retiree William Johanson
  • $750 to Port City Youth Club: John D. King
  • $550 to Reeths Puffer High School JV & Varsity Co-Ed Cross Country Teams: Retiree Mark Steinberg
  • $700 to The Noah Project: April Auger
  • $750 to West Michigan Concert Winds: Retirees Arthur Cisler and David Wiesenaur


  • $550 to Boy Scout Troop 40: Robert Bannink
  • $300 to Black River Public School: Kurt Stimer
  • $225 to Ducks Unlimited Holland Chapter: Mark Visser
  • $550 to Girl Scout Troop 2793: Annette Carpenter
  • $300 to Shields of Hope: Chad Lynema
  • $450 to Spring Lake Girls 5th Grade Basketball: Angie Pellegrom
  • $550 to Zeeland Recreation Baseball: Mark Visser
  • $550 to Zeeland Recreation Football: Mark Visser

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.