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05/31/2024

Avangrid Foundation Awards $135,000 to Habitat for Humanity to Build Stronger Communities

Avangrid Foundation Awards $135,000 to Habitat for Humanity to Build Stronger Communities

Funds will support local Habitats within Avangrid service areas, such as Greater Rochester, Greater Portland, Portland Region, Greater New Haven, and Broome County. 

ORANGE, Conn. — May 31, 2024 — The Avangrid Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of leading sustainable energy company Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), has announced a $135,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity, continuing Avangrid’s longtime partnership with the organization. The funds will directly support the efforts of more than 10 local Habitat partners within Avangrid’s service areas in New York, Maine, Connecticut, Oregon, and across the United States. 

“We believe in building more sustainable communities and investing in a positive social impact,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO. “Habitat for Humanity has proven that their work transforms lives and communities. By supporting Habitat for Humanity, we’re investing in more than just housing. We’re contributing to the foundation of community development, economic stability and social equity.”

The Avangrid Foundation began a partnership with the national Habitat for Humanity in 2019, advancing the legacy of its subsidiaries which had been involved with their local Habitat partners for years through volunteering and corporate donations. Since 2018, the Avangrid Foundation has contributed more than $875,000 in grants to Habitat for Humanity to support home construction and repairs, playhouse builds, and ReStore support. 

“Habitat for Humanity is a great partner not only because they do impactful work, but also because they touch so many of the communities where our teams live and work,” said Pablo Colón, director of corporate citizenship and executive director of the Avangrid Foundation. “Safe and affordable housing is critical to combating poverty and helping families live their full potential. We are so proud to support our fellow community members in achieving their dream of home ownership.” 

Last year, Avangrid employees hosted 19 build days within their communities and dedicated 700 hours of volunteering. The company is continuing that commitment this year.  Recently, Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) employees in Rochester, New York celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees outside homes newly built by Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity. This effort builds on RG&E’s support of the local Habitat partner within the last year, which included employees volunteering more than 150 hours at three build days to help construct a home sponsored by the Avangrid Foundation for a Rochester-area family.

"From the foundation to the roof, and every nail and tree planted in between, Avangrid’s generosity and dedication have built more than just a house at 344 Garson Ave in the Emma/Beechwood neighborhood,” commented Laurie Streber, Director of Development and Marketing, Greater Rochester Habitat for Humanity. “Their hands-on involvement during the house construction and their presence at the Dedication speaks volumes of their ongoing commitment to making a difference. Avangrid continues to be a cornerstone of positive change in our community."

In Portland, Oregon, employees recently helped Habitat for Humanity Portland Region build and decorate a custom playhouse for a local child going through a life-altering loss in their family. The custom design was created based on the child’s interests and featured unicorns. 

“We always know it is going to be a great day when we have Avangrid employees coming out to volunteer. Not only are they huge supporters, but they are also incredibly enthusiastic and fun to work with. They really love putting in the sweat and hard work to support their community partners,” said Tor Ostrom, Senior Business Engagement Officer, Habitat for Humanity Portland Region.
 

About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

 

About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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