Helping Catholic Charities With a Gift that Keeps on Giving

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – National Grid announced today an $18,000 Natural Gas Heating Energy Efficiency program incentive to Catholic Charities of Onondaga County.  The funding helps to defray the cost of the installation of a high efficiency boiler system at the Catholic Charities House of Providence facility in Syracuse, New York.  The investment in the energy efficiency upgrades will help to lower energy consumption while promoting environmental sustainability.

“It was a pleasant surprise to discover that we were eligible for this rebate, but the continued support from our generous corporate neighbor was anything but a surprise,” said Mike Melara, executive director Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. “National Grid has long been a loyal supporter of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County and we are very grateful for their continued support.”

The installation of new, high efficiency boilers will save Catholic Charities a projected 10,000 therms of natural gas annually or an estimated $4,000 per year on their energy bill. The environmental benefits from the project are equivalent to planting 1,300 trees or removing 11 motor vehicles from the road according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

“The new boiler system improves the working conditions for the more than 170 individuals who work every day in the House of Providence,” said Melara. “It enables us to better serve our clients too.”

National Grid’s Natural Gas Heating Energy Efficiency incentive programs provide financial incentives to residential, commercial and industrial customers for energy efficiency measures such as high efficiency furnaces, boilers and insulation.

“National Grid is thrilled to work with Catholic Charities,” said Chris Gorman, National Grid manager, Customer & Community Management. “We support initiatives like this because we are committed to sustainability and energy efficiency projects that reduce our customer’s environmental impact and energy consumption. National Grid is pleased to help improve the lives of its customers through energy efficiency measures like the upgrades at the House of Providence.”

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Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County serves about 20,000 local people annually. We work with people in crisis to stabilize their living situations and build their capacity to live their fullest possible life. We meet people at whatever stage they’re in and work with them to fulfill their goals. We believe that all people have infinite value and are worthy of compassion and respect.

Our programs are focused on poverty reduction in CNY. Programs include homeless shelters, food pantries, services for the elderly, refugee resettlement, developmental and educational services, and workforce training programs. We also have a number of social ventures in which we employ the people we serve to help them gain work experience and contribute to their community.

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County employs about 300 people in Syracuse. It was founded in 1923 and is headquartered at the House of Providence on the west side with other locations throughout the area.  Catholic Charities helps people in need regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or nationality.

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