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Nov. 9, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Honors, Supports Veterans and Active Duty Military 

Support Grants Will Continue

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is celebrating 2018 as the Year of the Veteran and pauses on this Veteran’s Day to salute those who serve or have served in uniform.

“We thank and honor our veterans and those in active service for their sacrifices in defense of our nation,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations. “We’re also pleased to announce that special grants for qualifying veterans and military families will now continue as an ongoing part of Central Hudson’s suite of assistance programs for those who face financial difficulties.”

As part of its Year of the Veteran observance, Central Hudson introduced a special 2018 assistance program for veterans through its Good Neighbor Fund, which provides 'last resort' grants to help pay the energy bills of customers who have exhausted all other forms of public and private assistance. The fund is financed by customer contributions that are matched by Central Hudson, and it is administered by local corps of The Salvation Army.  Thus far in 2018, 338 grants have provided a total of $94,785 to eligible low-income recipients; of those grants, 85 grants totaling $17,000 were provided to qualifying veterans or active duty military families. 

"We're pleased to now offer this program going forward for our military families, as a small reflection of our gratitude for their service," said VanBuren.  "We also certainly appreciate the generous spirit of our customers who support the Good Neighbor Fund by voluntarily contributing via their monthly utility bills to make it a reality.”

During the Year of the Veteran, Central Hudson was also active in other initiatives in support of veterans and military families. VanBuren explained that the utility was the primary sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica “Wall That Heals” at the Newburgh waterfront in August, and joined Dutchess County and local agencies in recognizing veterans in a number of programs.

“Central Hudson also continues to promote the Troops to Energy program to provide a pathway for veterans to careers in the energy industry. We recognize that our veterans offer meaningful contributions in the workplace, thanks to the training and skills acquired while in the military, and we’re proud to employ them,” said VanBuren.

To view a video about employee-veterans at Central Hudson and to learn of current employment opportunities, go to www.CentralHudson.com/Employement/TroopsToEnergy. For more information about Central Hudson’s assistance programs for veterans and military families through the Good Neighbor Fund, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community/GoodNeighbor. For more on the Troops to Energy program, visit www.TroopsToEnergyJobs.com.

 

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