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November 23, 2015
CMP Launches 12th Annual Community Mitten Drive
Utility partners with WMTW-TV, Reny’s department stores, Androscoggin Bank
to keep local youngsters warm this winter
AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is joining forces with WMTW-TV (Channel 8) to keep Maine kids warm this winter. The utility is launching its 12th annual Community Mitten Drive, and WMTW is supporting the event through a series of public-service announcements.
“We’re accepting donations of new, store-bought or handmade mittens, hats, and scarves to help keep Maine kids warm this winter,” says CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice. “We’ll have collection boxes at all Reny’s retail stores and Androscoggin Bank branches.” A list of locations is posted on CMP’s web site at http://www.cmpco.com/GivingBack/inthecommunity/mittendrive.html.
CMP corresponds with schools throughout its service area to gauge the need for children’s mittens, hats, and scarves. Once received, the items will be distributed to where they’re needed most. The drive will continue through February 2016.
CMP’s Community Mitten Drive traces its roots to a local effort started by a group of employees at the utility’s Portland Service Center. In 2004, the company decided to launch a larger program to cover children throughout its 11,000-square-mile service area in central and southern Maine. Over the past 11 years, CMP has distributed more than 50,000 pieces of winter gear to local youngsters.
The Mitten Drive is one of several community-service projects at CMP. Every year, the utility donates copies of award-winning books to more than 600 schools and libraries around the state.
CMP and Iberdrola USA also support young people and learning through donations to Kennebec Valley Community College and scholarship programs at the University of Maine.
“We have always felt that our responsibilities go beyond providing safe, reliable electric delivery service to our customers,” said CMP President Sara Burns. “We have a long tradition of being a good neighbor, and that begins with the people in the company. The Mitten Drive is just another way we all work together helping families and communities.”
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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the company #1 in customer satisfaction seven times. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.
About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA is the U.S. subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A. The Iberdrola USA companies employ about 5,000 people with operations in 24 states from New England to the West Coast, providing electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas storage and distribution, and energy services. For more information, please visit our website: www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @IberdrolaUSA