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DTE Energy Foundation doubles down on COVID-19 relief efforts

DTE Foundation will match donations made to the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Community Action for localized efforts across Michigan

 

DETROIT, March 31, 2020 — The DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, today announced that it will match all donations to the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Community Action now through Monday, April 13. The non-profits are focused on helping individuals, families and communities weather the COVID-19 crisis by supplying food, shelter and other basic needs. Donations can be allocated to particular United Way chapters and community action agencies to address emergency needs of a particular community. The Foundation will match individual donations up to $5,000 per person.

 

The DTE Foundation is fully activated during this crisis and has already funded one million meals and provided basic needs for more than 100,000 families. In cooperation with other organizations, the Foundation is also shoring up 200 small businesses. The matching gifts program is just one component of the Foundation’s comprehensive COVID-19 response.

 

“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our generation and the demands on non-profits across the state are unprecedented. We understand that not everyone is able to donate during this time; but for those who are, we want to double the impact of their contribution,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy. “The DTE Foundation has been there for the people of Michigan for decades, and we’ll be here during these difficult times to help our great state weather this crisis.”

 

Michigan Community Action is the statewide organization for the 29 community action agencies that provide human service programs in all 83 Michigan counties. These community action agencies are able to address local needs distinct to each community. The Michigan Association of United Ways represents 34 local United Way community chapters. Each local United Way is responding to the needs of the community, including the support of the Michigan 2-1-1 network, a free and confidential health and human services information system, and providing basic needs support.

 

“In the past few weeks, demands on community action agencies – and all non-profit organizations – has escalated exponentially,” said Chong-Anna Canfora, Michigan Community Action executive director. “Communities across the state are facing tremendous need. As the pandemic continues and families face job cutbacks and medical expenses, the need for financial help will continue to grow. We are so grateful to the DTE Foundation for this matching gift program and their support for our localized approach to helping communities all across Michigan.”

 

 

About DTE Energy 

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE portfolio includes energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects; renewable natural gas; natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage; and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80 percent by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable and affordable. DTE Electric aspires to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. DTE is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com

 

ABOUT THE DTE ENERGY FOUNDATION

The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2019, the DTE Energy Foundation provided grant support to hundreds of non-profits throughout the company's service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in communities across Michigan in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.

 

 

 

For further information, members of the media may contact: 

Colleen Rosso, DTE Energy Foundation, 313.235.5555 

 

 

 

 

 

During these times of uncertainly and concerns within our communities the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties wanted to offer information and support to our many residents.  At this current time the best way to get information is to contact your 2-1-1 resource center. 

 

The mission of 2-1-1 is to connect people with information and resources to build healthy, safe communities.  Their vision is to build stronger communities, day-to-day and in times of emergency.  Needed especially now, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2-1-1 system and their 24-hour service is available for referral sourcing for individuals and families with needs during this national emergency.  The Monroe/Lenawee United Way pays for these services.  The 2-1-1 services can be reached in several ways:

 

                FOR MONROE COUNTY RESIDENTS:

Phone: 2-1-1 or 1-800-552-1183

Email:  go to www.unitedwaysem.org/contact-2-1-1

Live chat at www.mi211.org or unitedwaysem.org/2-1-1

Website and database:  unitedwaysem.org/2-1-1

 

FOR LENAWEE COUNTY RESIDENTS:

Phone: 2-1-1 or 866.561.2500

Text: Text your zip code to 898-211

TDD: 517.789.2492

Fax: 517-789-1271

Email: 211@lifewayscmh.org

Live chat at www.mi211.org

 

2-1-1 does not provide funds directly, but they help callers to know the best place to contact.  At United Way of Southeastern Michigan 2-1-1 Call Center, all contacts are answered by staff with knowledge about a variety of health and human service areas.  Until further notice the United Way office is working with limited staffing at the Monroe office for M – TH and closing the office on Friday. 

The Monroe County Health Department has created a coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline to assist in answering questions from county residents. It's open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.  The phone number is 734-243-8600.  The hotline will be staffed by health department personnel to answer general questions related to the virus.

The Lenawee County Health Department is monitoring the situation and working closely with local and state partners.  We are prepared to respond should a potential case come to Lenawee County.  For more information please visit the Lenawee County Health Department’s website at http://www.lenawee.mi.us/187/Health-Department .

The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties will be accepting donation towards the COVID-19 to assist those in need during this current time.  Any donated funds will be used to assist with rent and mortgage payments for residents of Monroe and Lenawee Counties affected by COVID-19.  Please note that any funds collected and designated for the Covid-19 will be funneled to one of our partner agencies to distribute based on their established guidelines.  The United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties will not be distributing funds directly to individuals. 

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