A $5,000 donation from Veridian, the electricity supplier in Belleville, was recently welcomed by The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. The funds, raised through the company’s annual golf tournament, will support the foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.
Elaner Pound, Learning Foundation Chair, expressed her appreciation to Veridian.
“The $5,000 donation will greatly assist area students and their families,” said Pound. “We receive regular feedback from teachers, principals and child and youth counsellors that the support provided through the Student Emergency Fund is invaluable. We truly believe in ‘paying forward’ and lending a helping hand to students and their families.”
The Student Emergency Fund provides immediate assistance to students and their families by providing financial aid and gift-in-kind support. Veridian’s donation will be used to purchase items such as eyeglasses, EpiPens, medical supplies, food and clothing, transportation to subsidize field trips, and to assist additional financial needs that result from family crises such as fire, layoffs and illness.
“We take corporate social responsibility very seriously at Veridian,” said Diana Hills-Milligan, Manager, Executive Office and Public Affairs. “In addition to our annual budget for community building, education and hospitals, Veridian and its employees generously donate without hesitation to many worthwhile community organizations like The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.”
In 2009 the Student Emergency Fund received over 150 requests to support students in crisis situations. Grants totaling $32,500 were awarded. Within the first three weeks of this year’s school year, 25 requests had been submitted.
Veridian  is a progressive, community-owned energy company that provides electricity distribution services to more than 112,000 customers in nine municipalities across east central Ontario. The company focuses on providing reliable, efficient and sustainable energy solutions and services. A top priority is the health and safety of employees and members of the public. Veridian is an important fixture in the communities it serves. In addition to providing reliable service at reasonable rates, Veridian promotes economic growth, community building and sustainable living.
For more information, contact:
• Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director, The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2205
• Chris Mace, PR Representative – Corporate Communications, Veridian, 905-427-9870, extension 2218