Central Maine Power Donates $200,000 to United Way COVID-19 Response, NEWS CENTER Maine Telethon
$175,000 earmarked for statewide Meals-on-Wheels contribution
AUGUSTA, Maine — April 9, 2020 —
Central Maine Power (CMP) announced today the company is donating $200,000 to the United Ways of Maine to address increasing food insecurity experienced by Mainers because of COVID-19. CMP donated $175,000 through the United Ways of Maine to be earmarked for Meals on Wheels contributions across the State, and $25,000 to match viewer donations to the United Way raised through a day-long NEWS CENTER Maine fundraising telethon today airing until 9pm. All donations raised go directly to the United Way for COVID-19 response.
“CMP is honored to join the thousands of other Mainers who are giving their time, resources, and talents to help their fellow citizens in this profound crisis, and we urge all Mainers who can, to consider contributing through the telethon,” said David Flanagan, Executive Chairman of CMP.
“As this pandemic intensifies its grip on Maine, with every week more homebound seniors rely on Meals on Wheels for regular food delivery. With the movement restrictions and health risks presented by COVID-19, especially for seniors, we strongly believe food security for the elderly is an area where we can make a real difference,” said Flanagan.
Flanagan continued: “Our relationship with the United Way goes back more than 50 years and in times of extraordinary crisis, the people of CMP have responded with additional help. We continue that tradition today.”
"We are grateful that Central Maine Power has stepped up in a major way during a critical time of need for Mainers," said Courtney Yeager, executive director of United Way of Kennebec Valley. "As always, United Way is fortunate to have CMP by its side as we work to protect our most vulnerable citizens."
CMP has supported the United Way of Kennebec Valley for more than 50 years; in 2019 the company was recognized as Large Business of the Year and served as a pacesetter campaign company.
As part of its contribution, CMP sponsored the first “Matching Mainers” hour of NEWS CENTER Maine’s fundraising telethon Thursday, agreeing to match viewer donations up to $25,000.
CMP, as a designated critical service organization, has responded to the COVID-19 crisis in other ways including intensified patrolling of circuits serving the hospitals, laboratories and virus test equipment manufacturers in Maine. The company also donated 6,000 N95 respirator and surgical masks to Maine Emergency Management Agency.
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About CMP: Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. Established in 1899 and based in Augusta, Maine, CMP serves approximately 624,000 customers across 346 communities in central and southern Maine. It operates approximately 23,500 miles of distribution lines and 2,900 miles of transmission lines. Over the last decade, the company has invested approximately $2.6 billion in Maine system infrastructure. In 2019, CMP was named Large Business of the Year by the Kennebec Valley United Way. For more information, visit www.cmpco.com.
About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $34 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 www.avangrid.com.
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