Commitment will allow United Way to double its Utility Assistance Program immediately
OWEN SOUND, ON, Feb. 7, 2017 /CNW/ - The United Way of Bruce-Grey has received a three-year pledge from Bruce Power's United Way Campaign of $1.6 million, allowing the organization to double its utility assistance program and enhance food security efforts for families and individuals struggling in the region.
The Bruce Power Campaign will formally commence in late March and will include employees, unions, suppliers and the company itself.
"The timing of this news couldn't be better for the United Way and the people we serve," said Francesca Dobbyn Executive Director of the United Way of Bruce-Grey. "Bruce Power recognizes there is increased pressure on programs such as the utility assistance program, and showed leadership by stepping up to the plate with confidence it could mobilize its entire site to deliver this commitment.
"The Bruce Power Campaign has been a long-time supporter of United Way and we recognize that Bruce Power provides one of the lowest cost sources of electricity in Ontario, and they also recognize they have an important role to play in our community for those struggling with their bills," Dobbyn added.
The Bruce Power Campaign, co-chaired by the company, the Power Workers' Union and The Society of Energy Professionals, recognized it was important to provide the United Way an ongoing commitment it could count on in order to double its utility assistance program for the next three years, while long term solutions to energy poverty could be sourced.
"Bruce Power, our employees, unions and suppliers are very proud of the role we play providing low-cost power to Ontario families and businesses," said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power's President and CEO. "In 2016, we generated 30 per cent of Ontario's electricity at 30 per cent less than the average residential price of power. While we are very proud of this and communicate this message across Ontario, we recognize there is more to the energy system than Bruce Power. As part of this community, there is more we can do together and providing this commitment now to double the utility assistance program is the right thing to do."
The Bruce Power Campaign will launch in late March and the team has committed to an increase in proceeds from the campaign to provide funding stability for the United Way's programs.
"From our perspective, we wanted the United Way to know what they can count on from us to do their important work, and the Bruce Power United Way Campaign will deliver on the fundraising," said Larry Alderdice, of the Power Workers' Union. "We recognize that if everyone got their electricity from the Bruce Power site, the cost of electricity would be much less, but that's not the world we operate in and we all have to step-up and help where we can."
The funds will be raised through an expansion of employee proceeds and other fundraising efforts between Bruce Power, unions and dozens of suppliers at the facility.
"Although those of us at Bruce Power can share with our friends and neighbours the facts about the cost of our electricity compared to others, and that there are many items that make-up an electricity bill, it doesn't change the fact that we can always step up and help those who are struggling," said Mike Gade, Bruce Power Local Vice President of The Society of Energy Professionals. "Doubling the utility assistance program and supporting the expansion of food security programs will make a difference and the United Way can count on us to deliver the funds to support their important work."
Bruce Power has been a long-time supporter of the United Way and the company and its employees have donated more than $3 million to the United Way of Bruce Grey since 2001. Plans have been underway since September to enhance the Bruce Power campaign and to provide an increased focus on the utility assistance program and food security.
SOURCE United Way of Bruce Grey
For further information: For more information on the United Way please contact: Francesca Dobbyn - 519 376 1560; For more information on Bruce Power please contact: John Peevers - 519 361 6583