Consumers Energy has donated $150,000 to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) to help eligible military veterans pay their Consumers energy bills and make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
The donation is the largest in the 75-year history of MVTF and brings the total Consumers has donated to $300,000 since 2018. Consumers previously made donations of $100,000 and $50,000 to the MVTF.
The MVTF is a state-run emergency grant program for wartime-era veterans who are experiencing unforeseen financial hardship. The donation is expected to help hundreds of eligible veterans and their families pay energy bills and make energy-efficient upgrades such as roof and furnace repairs and water heater replacements.
“We are committed to making sure those who have served our country honorably receive every bit of help during this extraordinary time,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s chief customer officer. “We are grateful to work with the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and make sure we are connecting directly with those who need assistance as our state continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Eligible veterans or dependents who are Consumers customers can apply for the utility assistance by calling the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s Veteran Resource Service Center at 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838).
Michigan wartime-era veterans who have utility providers other than Consumers may also be eligible for utility assistance through the MVTF. Call 1-800-MICH-VET to find out how to apply.
Over the past two years, the Trust Fund has provided $406,076 in grants to help 865 veterans and their families pay utility bills, said MVTF Director Lindell Holm. This includes customers of all utility providers.
“The partnership with Consumers Energy has a direct and positive effect on the health and welfare of our veterans, many of whom have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus and the economic impact of the restrictions,” Holm said. “As the applications for emergency assistance increase, the support of Consumers Energy enables us to keep the heat on in the homes of hundreds of veterans this winter. This is a gift of compassion for those in need and of patriotism for those who have served our nation.”
The MVTF was created by state law in 1946 as a $50 million trust fund that uses the interest earned each year to meet emergency needs of eligible veterans – from utility bills to home repairs to mortgage assistance. Since its inception, the MVTF has granted more than $100 million to eligible veterans.