Dec 22, 2021
Central Hudson and Employees Contribute $1.4 Million to the Community and Economic Development Support

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. and its employees continued their tradition of giving back to the communities they serve this year, providing more than $650,000 in financial support to local community service organizations and for small businesses support and other local causes; and nearly $780,000 in approved economic development funding to attract and retain businesses and jobs in the Mid-Hudson Valley. 

“Although there are signs of recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our region,” said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson. “I’m proud of our entire team as they’ve shown extraordinary generosity at a time when our communities need it most.”

Central Hudson and its employees’ charitable efforts provided support to local not-for-profit community service and small business organizations:

  • Each year, Central Hudson employees lead a campaign to raise funds for the United Way, and each year, the company matches those employee contributions to the Community Fund. In 2021, more than $394,000 was raised by Central Hudson, its employees, retirees and board of directors.
  • Central Hudson extended more than $205,000 to local agencies and business groups by sponsorship of community events that raise awareness, promote the local economy and support non-profit programs.
  • Individual employee contributions to community service organizations are matched the Employee Matching Gift program. During 2021, employees and Central Hudson contributed more than $25,000. Central Hudson will match employee gifts made to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services within the utility’s eight-county service territory of up to $500 per employee annually.
  • In 2021, Central Hudson match more than $27,000 in customer contributions to the Good Neighbor Fund. This is a last resort grant toward utility bills for families and individuals facing financial hardship, and includes special grants to veterans and military families as a part of this program. During 2021 and 2022, Central Hudson has committed up to $200,000 in grants to residential customers that have been impacted by COVID-19 but are ineligible for other federal and state assistance.  
  • Employees of the utility also contributed thousands of hours as volunteers for various community support organizations.

In addition to charitable giving, Central Hudson provided economic development grants totaling $224,000 to support and retain local businesses; and Central Hudson’s Back to Business Funding program, committing up to $1 million in grants to help pay down new working capital loans taken with participating local banks, provided additional funding. In 2021, nearly $20,000 has been applied to loans taken by local small businesses and to date the program has funded nearly $500,000 in loan reductions.

“Central Hudson and our employees have provided nearly $8 million in local community and small business funding and more than $8.6 million in economic development grants since 2010,” said Freni. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to continue our support of the communities we serve.”

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