Avangrid invests millions for Maine community support

2019 highlights include national partnerships and employee engagement
Feb 14, 2020
Courtesy of: Avangrid Foundation Avangrid and CMP supported Preble Street Teen Services in 2019 to meet basic shelter needs, crisis intervention, and case management to 250 youths experiencing homelessness in Maine.

The Avangrid Foundation built its growing record of communities impacted by donations in 2019, investing more than $3 million in grants, scholarships and matching programs across the U.S.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic activities primarily impacting communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its companies do business.

“The Avangrid Foundation is driven by AVANGRID’s purpose of working together to deliver a more accessible clean energy model that promotes healthier, more sustainable communities every day,” said Jim Torgerson, the foundation’s president.

“The work of the Foundation is a testament to the strong partnerships we have built and our focus on innovating and investing to create a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable future in communities across the United States.”

The Avangrid Foundation cemented partnerships with national organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

For the first time, the foundation asked AVANGRID employees to nominate community nonprofit organizations to receive grants, with a focus on organizations that provide services to youths.

The Foundation Board selected 10 organizations to receive $5,000 grants in an effort that revealed how invested AVANGRID employees are in their communities.

The foundation announced a partnership with the National Building Museum to take the exhibit “Evicted” to more than a dozen communities across the U.S. over the next four years.

The travelling exhibit expands the conversation about America’s housing crisis, first told in the Pulitzer-prize winning book by sociologist Dr. Matthew Desmond, “Evicted: Poverty and Progress in the American City.”

The foundation provided support for food banks in all the major communities in which AVANGRID and its companies work, providing more than 250,000 meals per year from Portland, Ore. to Portland, Maine.

Involvements in Maine

The Avangrid Foundation, working with CMP, made grants to benefit Maine people and conservation programs. Specifically, the foundation has:

-Donated $75,000 over three years to Habitat for Humanity

-Donated $25,000 to Bread of Life Ministries for hunger-relief

-Benefited Eastern brook trout and Atlantic Salmon in New England, as well as addressed white-nose syndrome in bats through a $1 million donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

-Supported Maine employee interests through the #AVANgives program -- a youth-focused program where employees apply for $5,000 contributions to their favorite nonprofits, in this case the Pine Tree camp in Rome.

To learn more about the Avangrid Foundation and supported organizations, visit avangridfoundation.org.

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