NYSEG Supports Health and Welfare Organizations Across New York With $33,500 in Donations

BINGHAMTON, NY — June 6, 2022 — New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and its sister company Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) recently donated a total of $48,000 to health and welfare organizations across New York State. The donations are part of the companies’ Corporate Donation Program to support and care for the communities that it serves.

“We are deeply committed to the communities we serve throughout New York, and these donations are just one of the ways we support these incredible community partners that are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors through the significant services they provide,” said Tom Garrity, regional manager, Government & Community Relations at NYSEG. “As these organizations and their clientele move forward in what’s become our ‘new normal,’ we are proud to support their critical efforts to make our communities stronger and more resilient.”

In total, NYSEG and RG&E provided gifts and sponsorships to more than 25 health and welfare organizations across its service area. At NYSEG, the company donated $33,500 to organizations within its divisions as follows:

Capital Region

NYSEG donated a total of $3,000 to nonprofits in its Mechanicville division, which includes Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties.

“The funds that the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center received from NYSEG were incredibly appreciated,” said Megan Quillinan, executive director, MACSC. “NYSEG’s generous donation enables MACSC continued provision of programming designed to support area families. Thanks to these funds, MACSC is able to better meet the increasing demand for access to programs addressing youth development, food insecurity, senior wellness and violence prevention.”

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following ways:

  • Columbia Opportunities, Inc.: Funding will benefit the organization’s mission to help solve poverty-related problems in the community. They also provide opportunities to families and individuals so they may attain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to become self-reliant.
  • Mechanicville Area Community Services Center: The donation will support programs and services for youth and families through family support, empowerment, recreation and education.

Finger Lakes 

NYSEG donated a total of $8,500 to nonprofits in its Auburn, Elmira, Geneva, and Ithaca divisions, which include Cayuga, Onondaga, Chemung, Cortland, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Wayne counties.

“The generous funds that Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, Inc. received from NYSEG allowed for the organization to purchase technology necessary for staff training and development and client education,” said Ashley Short, executive director of Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, Inc. “Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, Inc., is appreciative of the new flat screen television, which has a built-in computer and acts as a smart board for group presentations.” 

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following ways:

  • Building Futures Foundation, Inc. (The Arc Madison Cortland): Funding will benefit the family-led organization’s leadership in the field of disabilities, supporting people in every manner possible and developing the necessary human and financial resources to allow all members of the community to achieve their full potential.
  • Catholic Charities of Chemung & Schuyler Counties: Funding will benefit the organization’s Samaritan Center, which provides emergency food, clothing and medical assistance to low income individuals not currently enrolled in other charity programs.
  • Nick’s Ride 4 Friends, Inc.: The donation will support the fight against substance use disorders. They work daily to help people regain a sober life and become active members of society, bettering themselves and the community in which they live. The organization is also dedicated to promoting education, awareness and knowledge of the need for recovery and rehabilitation in the community. 
  • Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes: The donation will support end-of-life care for individuals who are unable to receive that care at home
  • United Way of Seneca County: The donation to UWSC will support their expanded efforts to recruit, convene and collaborate with people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources necessary to get things done.

Western New York

NYSEG donated a total of $4,500 to organizations within its Lancaster and Lockport divisions.

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following ways:

  • Mental Health Association in Niagara County: Funding will help the organization provides services for a range of ages and needs, such as presentations, self-help material, advocacy services, information and referral services and valuable support services for individuals with a mental health diagnosis.
  • Save the Michaels of the World, Inc.: The donation will support families during their loved one's journey through substance abuse addiction and into remission.

North Country

NYSEG donated $1,500 to organizations within its Plattsburgh division in the North Country. 

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following way:

  • Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties, Inc.: Funding will benefit the not-for-profit human service agency that serves the residents of Clinton and Franklin counties.

Southern Tier 

NYSEG donated a total of $8,500 to nonprofits in its Binghamton and Oneonta divisions.

“Twin Tiers Honor Flight greatly appreciates the funds we received from NYSEG for our veterans,” said Patricia Vincent, president of TTHF. “These funds were used to take 42 Veterans on Mission 12 to Washington, D.C., to view their memorials and say, ‘thank you’ to them for their service. Our veterans travel free and we provide travel, meals and many extras to make this a trip of a lifetime for them.”

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following ways:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton, Inc: The donation will help continue to provide a safe environment for children who otherwise may suffer in school, neglect their health and fall prey to gang relationships, crime, drugs and teen pregnancy.
  • Caring Connections: Funding will benefits residents of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties who are struggling to meet their basic needs. Assistance includes a listening ear, referrals to and education regarding existing programs and services, budgeting assistance, advocacy, and, when needed, material goods and financial assistance.
  • Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation, Inc. (LEAF Inc.): The donation will support LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, dedicated to helping create a community where children and adults can live in healthy environments that are free from the effects of alcoholism and other addictive diseases.
  • S.E.P.P. Housing Management Group: Funding will benefit a number of private, local, not-for-profit organizations that provide quality, affordable housing to low-income senior citizens and disabled persons in Broome County and surrounding areas.
  • Twin Tier Honor Flight: The donation will support the expense of flying and bussing World War Two veterans down to Washington, D.C., to visit national memorials and pay their respects. The organization plans on including about 75 veterans in 2022.

Hudson Valley and The Catskills

NYSEG donated a total of $7,500 to nonprofits in its Brewster and Liberty divisions, which includes Delware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

“Putnam CAP’s ability to assist the county’s most vulnerable community members is greatly strengthened through the generous support of companies such as NYSEG,” said Marisa O’Leary, executive director of Putnam CAP. “The recent $1,500 donation we received enabled us to expand food options offered through both our food pantry and soup kitchen programs. We believe that all individuals deserve access to healthy, nutritious food. We are grateful for NYSEG’s support in assisting us to address food insecurity in Putnam County.”

NYSEG’s donations will support the organizations in the following ways:

  • Friends of TBS: The donation to the charity arm of Temple Beth Shalom will support their efforts in food security and emergency preparedness.
  • Haven for Humanity: Funding will support pursue environmental, social and humanitarian justice through inspirational education of wholistic wellbeing, beloved community and global sustainability.
  • Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation: The donation will be used to fund the Medical Gap Care Program, which provides breast cancer screenings, support and information.
  • Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless: Funding will support developing individualized and community wide plans for disadvantaged people to break the cycles of poverty that cause homelessness and hunger.
  • WESTCOP (Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.) / Putnam Community Action Partnership (Putnam CAP): The donation will assist the organization’s program of purchasing food to support the operation of its monthly food pantry and soup kitchen programs.

In addition to NYSEG and RG&E’s donations to local health and welfare nonprofits, the companies’ 2022 Corporate Donation Program will also provide grants later this year to local nonprofits focused on food security, arts and culture, and education and young people. These donations will impact every division within the NYSEG and RG&E service area.

NYSEG and RG&E’s support is enhanced by additional giving through the Avangrid Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the AVANGRID family of companies. Since 2002, the Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $32 million in partnerships to help meet a number of community needs. In New York, the Avangrid Foundation has made more than $4.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and qualified programs during the last five years. 

NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc.

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About NYSEG: New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1852, NYSEG operates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution lines and 4,500 miles of electric transmission lines across more than 40% of upstate New York. It also operates more than 8,150 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines and 20 miles of gas transmission pipelines. It serves approximately 894,000 electricity customers and 266,000 natural gas customers. For more information, visit nyseg.com.

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) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $39 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, 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 7,000 people and has been recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.

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