For Release: 01/19/2010
Rosemount, MN - Minnesota Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Integrys (TEG), serving 165 communities throughout the state of Minnesota made donations totaling over $90,000 to charitable organizations, associations and worthwhile causes that requested financial assistance.
The groups represented arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, safety, human services and health, along with care for the environment. These contributions are presented by Minnesota Energy Resources and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, a private foundation supported by Minnesota Energy Resources and other affiliates of Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. The Foundation is funded by shareholders of the corporation and NOT by utility customers.
Minnesota Energy Resources employees helped fund and build a Habitat for Humanity home in Rochester and Cannon Falls. The new homeowner expressed her appreciation for all the hard work Minnesota Energy employees did in framing the house. A vehicle was also donated to the Hinckley area Communities Investing in Families (CIF) to provide transportation to work for a family in the 5-county region in East Central Minnesota.
Funds were also donated to purchase 4-gas monitors for the Fire Departments of Farmington; Eagan; Willow River; Warroad and Sebeka. Farmington Fire Chief Tim Pietsch said, "This unit will enable us to safely detect carbon monoxide gases and keep our firefighters safe. We appreciate all of the training you have given us in the past and look forward to working with you in the future."
Among some of the supported projects were the Zumbro Watershed Partnership: 4-H: Veterans organizations; community celebrations; school fitness and safety; Diversity Council; Eagles Bluff Environmental Learning Center; Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji and food shelves throughout the areas we serve.
The Foundation also partially matches employees and retirees financial donations to local causes through the "Matching Gifts" program as well as the "Dollars for Doers" program which rewards qualifying non-profit organizations up to $100 when employees or retirees volunteer at least 20 hours during the year.
"We're extremely pleased to help out financially or simply lend a hand to efforts that improve the quality of life for everyone, said Tom Meinz, President of the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, "We expect to have a long future continuing those efforts."
Incorporated in 1964, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is a private, charitable foundation that supports charities and organizations that need financial assistance. The Foundation is funded by stockholders and actively support improvements in the quality of life in the communities service by Wisconsin Public Service and its sister companies: Upper Peninsula Power Company, Minnesota Energy Resources, Michigan Gas Utilities and Integrys Energy Services.