Volunteer Day and Other Activities Offer an Opportunity to Make a Difference at Global and Local Levels
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Central Maine Power Company president and CEO Doug Herling, left, was among volunteers from CMP and Maine Natural Gas Company who sorted hundreds of pieces of clothing and helped get the Augusta Warming Center ready for this winter. The effort was part of majority shareholder Iberdrola group’s International Volunteer Day.
AUGUSTA, Maine, October 1, 2018 - Employees of Central Maine Power, Maine Natural Gas, and their parent company, AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), volunteered throughout Maine this month on projects helping the local homeless population and environmental organizations. The events were organized in partnership with majority shareowner, the Iberdrola Group.
On Saturday, employees in Augusta worked on projects at the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope, a shelter for homeless women veterans, and the Augusta Warming Center, where every winter hundreds of local residents gather to escape from the cold, connect with services, and enjoy fellowship. Also on Saturday, volunteers helped the Maine Conservation Corps build and maintain habitat for New England Cottontail rabbits at the Rachel Carson Preserve in Scarborough as a part of National Public Lands Day.
Over the past week, employees helped Maine Audubon personnel set up for a craft fair at the Gilsland Farm facility in Falmouth. Another group worked with Kennebec Valley Humane Society to clean its shelter and exercise animals.
“At CMP, we believe our commitment goes beyond providing safe, reliable power delivery to homes and businesses across central and southern Maine,” said Doug Herling, president and CEO of CMP. “We also want to be a good corporate neighbor in the communities we serve. I’m proud to be part of a group of people that steps up during our company’s annual observance, and also year-round for local schools, churches, and non-profits.”
In the United States, some 360 employees of AVANGRID and its companies participated in more than 20 volunteer activities. The employees picked up trash in parks, stocked food bank shelves, worked on farms, landscaped, painted, cleaned and more in locations from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. AVANGRID is a diversified U.S. energy and utility company based in Orange, Connecticut.
Iberdrola oversaw similar Volunteer Day efforts globally, with hundreds of employees expected to participate in countries where the corporation and its affiliates have operations, including Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil. The goal of the annual event, now in its 12th year, is to harness employees’ community spirit in support of projects that align with the corporation’s values.
Employees from Central Maine Power and AVANGRID helped the Maine Conservation Corps build and maintain habitat for New England Cottontail rabbits at the Rachel Carson Preserve in Scarborough on Saturday. The effort was part of majority shareholder Iberdrola group’s International Volunteer Day.
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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with $31 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 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainability Development Goals, received a Climate Development Project climate score of “A-,” the top score received in the utilities sector, and has been recognized for two consecutive years by Ethical Boardroom as the North American utility with the “best corporate governance practices.” For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. Established in 1899, CMP operates approximately 23,500 miles of distribution lines and 2,900 miles of transmission lines. It serves approximately 624,000 customers across 346 communities in central and southern Maine. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.