ITC launches Power of Caring initiative with inaugural volunteering day

Sep 12, 2019

More than 200 employees volunteering for Gleaners Community Food Bank

NOVI, Mich. (Sept. 12, 2019) – ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC), the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company, launched its Power of Caring initiative today, expanding its Charitable Giving program to include employee volunteerism. The inaugural Power of Caring Volunteer Day was held today with a company-wide day of volunteering with community organizations across ITC’s eight state footprint. 

In addition to individual team volunteer projects throughout the year, the company-wide Power of Caring Volunteer Day will be held annually in September, giving employees the opportunity to come together in support of a common charitable cause.

“Our charitable giving grant program has helped us take an active, company-wide role in strengthening our communities and we are excited to give our employees a more active role in that community support,” said Linda Apsey, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. “This annual event was developed with our corporate values in mind, supporting ITC’s commitment to integrity and responsibility and focusing on the common good in our communities.”

In the ITC Michigan footprint, more than 200 ITC employees and executives volunteered with Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit. Volunteers worked to pull orders, pack produce and emergency bags and garden in support of Gleaners’ mission to provide households with access to sufficient, nutritious food, and related resources. The team will return for a second day of volunteering on September 18, 2019.

“Gleaners has a critical need for volunteers. Each year we distribute millions of pounds of food and positively impact our neighbors through food education programs,” said Gerry Brisson, president & CEO at Gleaners Community Food Bank. “We greatly value relationships with companies like ITC that actively engage their employees through charitable programs and encourage volunteerism. An organization like ours relies on these volunteers to help achieve our mission.”

In Iowa, the ITC Midwest team volunteered in support of ConnectCR’s efforts to revitalize Cedar Lake located north of downtown Cedar Rapids. The ITC Great Plains team will work with the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka in Kansas on September 18 in support of its mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Through its Charitable Giving Program, ITC awards grants to qualified 501 (c) (3) organizations that deliver charitable services in the counties where ITC operates. Grants support programs and projects that reflect ITC’s giving priorities: education, environmental stewardship, social services, health and wellness and arts and culture.

For more information about ITC's charitable giving program, including the Power of Caring initiative, and to apply for a grant or ITC volunteer support, visit http://www.itc-holdings.com/community-approach/philanthropy

About ITC Holdings Corp. 

ITC is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the United States. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, allow new generating resources to interconnect to its systems and lower the overall cost of delivered energy. Through its regulated operating subsidiaries ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, ITC owns and operates highvoltage transmission infrastructure in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, and in development in Wisconsin. These systems serve a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along approximately 15,800 circuit miles of transmission line, supported by 700 employees and 1,000 contractors across our expanding footprint. ITC Grid Development focuses on growth through regulated infrastructure investment as well as domestic and international expansion through merchant and other commercial development opportunities. 

For further information visit www.itc-holdings.com. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com

About Fortis 

Fortis is a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry with 2017 revenue of C$8.3 billion and total assets of approximately C$50 billion as at September 30, 2018. The Corporation's 8,500 employees serve utility customers in five Canadian provinces, nine U.S. states and three Caribbean countries. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com

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ITC Media Contact:
Kelly Fulford, 248-946-3491; kfulford@itctransco.com 

Gleaners Media Contact:
Kristin Sokul, Tanner Friedman, 248-254-6788