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Consumers Energy to donate $10 million for help with utility bills

Consumers Energy mailed postcards in mid-December to 90,000 customers who were behind on their bills, reminding them that assistance is available.

Consumers Energy recently said it will donate $ 10 million to help people in need with their energy bills.

“We are committed to serving our Michigan communities, which includes our most vulnerable residents, such as seniors and families that may be facing challenges in paying their energy bills,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience in a news release. “With temperatures below freezing, we want people to know that help is always available and is just a phone call away.”

Consumers Energy is encouraging people to call 2-1-1, a free service in all Michigan counties that connects people with resources in their community. People who call 2-1-1 might be referred to six nonprofit organizations that are receiving the $10 million from Consumers Energy. Those agencies include Michigan Community Action, The Salvation Army, the Heat and Warmth Fund, TrueNorth Community Services, Society of St. Vincent DePaul and United Way of Jackson County.