Direct Energy presents a $2,500 Reduce Your Use For Good grant to Interfaith Caring Ministries

Direct Energy has presented a $2,500 Reduce Your Use For Good grant to Interfaith Caring Ministries.  The grant is part of Direct Energy’s Reduce Your Use For Good program, which has awarded 61 grants totaling $152,500 to nonprofits in North America since its inception in 2012.

Through the Reduce Your Use For Good program, Direct Energy is offering nonprofits up to $100,000 in 2013 to implement energy-saving changes to their operations, and awards grants in $2,500 increments. Applications are available online at and on the Direct Energy Facebook page.

To be eligible, organizations must have a current and active Registered Charitable Number in Canada or 501(c)(3) status in the United States, be registered with and be in good standing with the appropriate state registration agency, and be in a Direct Energy service area.

To apply for the grant, Interfaith Caring Ministries submitted a short video showcasing the many services they have to offer towards the community, including their food pantry.   Over 800 people are fed every month through Interfaith Caring Ministries.

Interfaith Caring Ministries (ICM) was founded in 1985 by a group of citizens and local area churches concerned with the area’s growing population of working poor families. They recognized a need for an alliance that would allow them to screen clients for need and offer services on a consistent basis. In 2012, 7,605 residents of the Bay Area received assistance from ICM. This includes 2,609 food orders from the on-site pantry, 931 payments for rent and utility services and 3,611 Senior Outreach services.

With effective use of resources, we provide excellent services that will assist our clients with their basic living needs and help them achieve self-sufficiency. We provide these services in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. ICM provides a wide array of services that address an immediate need including:

  • food
  • financial assistance with rent and/or utility bills
  • vouchers to the ICM resale shop
  • financial assistance with prescriptions
  • referrals for no cost/low cost doctors
  • a Senior Outreach Program
  • School supplies and Christmas gifts to children
  • Childcare Scholarship to single parents to assist them in continuing their education.

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