The Avangrid Foundation and United Illuminating award a $30,000 grant in support of Ronald McDonald House charities

Grant will support RMHC’s Pantry Pals program in Connecticut, western Massachusetts

ORANGE, Connecticut, November 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on AVANGRID’s commitment to positive community impact in Connecticut and its other service areas, the Avangrid Foundation and the United Illuminating Company today made a $30,000 grant to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (RMHC) known). To celebrate the scholarship and the important work RMHC is doing across its network of chapters, AVANGRID CEO Pedro Azagra, UI President and CEO Frank Reynolds, and Avangrid Foundation Executive Director Pablo Colón last week, with RMHC leadership, visited and toured one of the homes in newhaven The grant builds on AVANGRID’s longstanding support of RMHC and brings the company’s total support to RMHC nationally since 2016 to more than $300,000. Over the past 5 years, AVANGRID and the Avangrid Foundation have made over $5.7 million in charitable donations to nonprofits and other community organizations throughout Connecticut.

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AVANGRID CEO Pedro Azagra, United Illuminating CEO Frank Reynolds, and Avangrid Foundation Executive Director Pablo Colón on Thursday, April 17, 2022. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Businesses are about people, and partnerships like the one AVANGRID has with the Ronald McDonald House Charities reflect our unwavering commitment to meaningfully and positively impact the lives of families in the communities where we are present.” said Pedro Azagra, CEO of AVANGRID. “As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I was inspired to see the work of RMHC and the essential role they play in the New Haven community, and AVANGRID is honored to support this important organization.”

The grant, provided by the Avangrid Foundation and UI, will support RMHC’s Pantry Pals program in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, which alleviates the financial burden on families by ensuring they receive free basic groceries while at RMHC.

“Our Pantry Pals program is one of the most important elements of our family-oriented services. Having a pantry full of items to choose from to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for each family is essential to keeping families together so they are better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.” said Michelle D’Amore, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. “We are delighted to receive this extremely important and impactful grant from the Avangrid Foundation to serve the children and families who will need our special home away from home.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts provide families with the shelter and essentials to make each of their homes a home away from home. The Pantry Pals program provides important resources to reduce the stress of meal planning as families focus on their children’s health.

“During this time of giving, our visit to the RMHC struck me with the important role UI and its staff play in supporting healthy, vibrant and caring communities throughout our service area,” said UI President and CEO Frank Reynolds. “The extraordinary work that RMHC is doing deserves all our admiration, and the entire team at UI is extremely proud of this enduring partnership and the difference we have been able to make in the communities we serve.”

The Avangrid Foundation has been working closely with the RMHC since 2016. AVANGRID was the first corporate sponsor to help build the new Ronald McDonald House facility in New Haven, Connecticut and has also provided grants for exterior improvements, PPE, and other urgent needs.

During the visit, which took place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, Pedro Azagra, CEO of AVANGRID, Frank Reynolds, President and CEO of UI, and Pablo Colón, Executive Director of the Avangrid Foundation met Michelle D’Amore, Executive Director, and Dick Popilowski, Chief Development Officer. the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. The group toured the living spaces where guests stay, like the AVANGRID room, which is supported by a corporate donation, and the living and kitchen facilities, which are supported by the latest grant.

About the Avangrid Foundation: The Avangrid Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that funds philanthropic investments that primarily impact communities where AVANGRID, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2001, the Avangrid Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $32 million in partnerships focused on building sustainable, vibrant and healthy communities; preservation of cultural and artistic heritage; Continuing education; and improve people’s lives. The Avangrid Foundation is dedicated to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the United States. For more information, visit

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) strives to become the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT, AVANGRID has approximately $40 billion in assets and operations across 24 states and has two primary businesses: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities and serves more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation assets in the United States. AVANGRID employs more than 7,000 people and was recognized by JUST Capital as one of the 2021 and 2022 JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s top corporate citizens. In 2022, AVANGRID was ranked second within the utilities sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute in 2022 for the fourth consecutive year. AVANGRID is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, SA. Visit for more information.

About UI: The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. UI was founded in 1899 and operates approximately 3,600 miles of power distribution lines and 138 miles of transmission lines. It serves approximately 341,000 customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. UI received the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Response Award in 2019 and 2021. Visit for more information.

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