How Public-Private Partnerships Keep Michigan Cozy and Warm

We don’t need to mince words here; Michigan is cold. Up to one in five households need help with their power bills. For families living close to the edge, paying for heating fuel in the winter months can be a serious burden. That’s why Consumers Energy works with local government organizations, charitable organizations NGOs and other companies to provide fuel assistance. In this series sponsored by Consumers Energy, we explore how a community comes together to take care of its own in a time of need.

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Michigan 2-1-1: State-of-the-Art Planning Keeps Residents Warm
Last month, when sub-zero temperatures swept through Midwestern and Northeastern states, one centralized agency in Michigan was already marshalling resources to help those in need. Michigan 2-1-1, a state-supported consortium of nonprofits, businesses, governments and private citizens were on staff to help Michigan residents cope with record-setting temperature lows.

Philanthropy & Cause Initiatives

In Michigan, Walk for Warmth Combines Corporate and Grassroots Action to Help With Winter Heating Costs
As within much of the U.S., economic prospects have improved across Michigan. But a recent report concluded that the poverty rate actually increased in about half of the state’s communities over the past decade. And with winter now blanketing Michigan, where daily low temperatures often fall under 20°F, this time is a reminder of how some of the state’s residents struggle paying off those expensive winter heating bills.

Social Impact & Volunteering

Consumers Energy Helps Close the Gap in Heating Costs During Harsh Michigan Winters
Each winter in Michigan, the question we all ask ourselves is: How cold will it get this year?


Addressing the Cost of Home Heating for Working Families
For more than a third of American earners, paying monthly bills is a challenge. For some – nearly a fifth of American residents – that struggle can include choosing which essential commodity to go without during peak usage periods: Food, medications or the electricity to power and heat their homes.

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