NYSEG, RG&E and Avangrid Foundation Announce $400,000 Donation to Project SHARE Heating Fund
Customers contribute to Project SHARE funding with donations to
support neighbors facing energy-related emergencies
ROCHESTER, NY — January 15, 2021 — NYSEG, RG&E and the Avangrid Foundation, the primary charitable arm of NYSEG and RG&E parent company AVANGRID, today announced a donation of $400,000 to Project SHARE Heating Fund. Project SHARE provides assistance to eligible customers to pay for their heating needs.
The program is also funded with support from NYSEG and RG&E customers who choose to make contributions through their monthly utility bill. These donations go directly to this program to support their neighbors who are in the most need. The program is also fuel neutral, meaning customers can use the grant to pay for any heating source including propane, wood or oil.
“With this donation, the Avangrid Foundation renews its commitment to helping our customers through difficult financial times,” said Nicole Licata Grant, director of the Avangrid Foundation. “Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, Project SHARE has helped thousands of families who’ve experienced hardship. It’s one way we help keep homes and hearts warm each winter.”
Customers who have exhausted all other assistance programs and are at risk of having their heat supply terminated can apply for help through Project SHARE because of the donation made today.
“This program will continue to help our customers who need additional assistance paying for their heating needs and was built to be a safety net for our people when they need it most,” said Scott Baker, vice president of customer service for NYSEG and RG&E. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented financial challenges for thousands of New Yorkers, but even through these challenging times, it’s tremendous to see the generosity of customers who contribute and help others.”
Project SHARE has been helping customers experiencing extreme hardship since the early 1980s and to date has distributed more than $17 million to 62,850 households.
Individuals can learn how to apply for assistance or donate to the Project SHARE Fund by following the links below.
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About RG&E: Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1848, RG&E operates approximately 8,800 miles of electric distribution lines and 1,100 miles of electric transmission lines. It also operates approximately 10,600 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 105 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 378,500 electricity customers and 313,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region in New York surrounding the City of Rochester. For more information, visit rge.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $35 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,600 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 and 2020 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.
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