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December 21, 2016
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson and Employees Support Local Community Organizations
Utility and employees contribute more than $700,000 in 2016

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and its employees supported hundreds of community service organizations through volunteerism during the year and contributed more than $700,000 to local not-for-profit agencies and small business organizations, providing nearly $8.2 million in such support during the last decade.

“We are an integral part of the Mid-Hudson Valley with a longstanding tradition of volunteerism and community support,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations.  “Our employees work closely with local non-profit organizations, volunteering their time, leadership and talents as well as contributing financially to programs that serve those in need.”

VanBuren explained the many ways in which financial support is offered by Central Hudson and its employees. Individual employee contributions to community agencies are matched by Central Hudson’s Employee Matching Gift program, which totaled nearly $60,000 in 2016. “This program allows Central Hudson to support organizations with which our employees are involved and to spread our contributions throughout the communities we serve,” said VanBuren. 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.

Employee contributions to the Community Fund of the United Way during the annual campaign are also matched. In 2016, nearly $340,000 in employee contributions and matching shareholder funds was raised in support of local agencies and programs.

During the year Central Hudson matched $50,000 in customer contributions to the Good Neighbor Fund, a last-resort grant toward utility bills for families and individual facing financial hardship though a program administered by the local corps of the Salvation Army. Central Hudson also extended nearly $250,000 to local agencies and business groups by sponsorship of community events that raise awareness, promote the local economy and support non-profit programs.

“In addition to their financial contributions, our employees volunteer many thousands of hours each year to Mid-Hudson Valley organizations,” said VanBuren. “Each year we recognize five employees who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and provide the organizations they serve with a $500 contribution through our annual Community Service Award,” she said. Since 1989, 135 employees and organizations have received the Award, and more than $67,000 in contributions has been donated to the recognized organizations.

Employees also volunteer and support many other causes, including holiday food and toy drives, fundraising walks, neighborhood cleanups, home and building repairs for needy families and community agencies, and more. “We’re proud of our employees’ dedication to the communities we serve, and their willingness to support those in need,” said VanBuren.

For more information on Central Hudson’s community service initiatives, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.

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Central Hudson was recognized at the 2016 United Way Celebration of Service

Employees provided landscaping and yard improvements at the Family of Woodstock home in Rosendale during the United Way Day of Caring.

Employees were recognized for their volunteerism during Central Hudson’s annual Community Service Awards ceremony.

Central Hudson’s Good Neighbor Fund was recognized nationally by the Salvation Army.

Central Hudson and its employees support community service agencies through volunteerism and with financial contributions. In 2016, employees volunteered for hundreds of agencies, and together with Central Hudson contributed more than $700,000 to local organizations.