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The Avangrid Foundation and United Illuminating donate $30,000 to the Ronald McDonald House of CT and Western Mass charities. – Hartford Courant – to support

The Avangrid Foundation and the United Illuminating Co. have awarded a $30,000 grant to the Ronald McDonald House charities in Connecticut and western Massachusetts, according to the organizations.

The organization said the grant “builds on AVANGRID’s longstanding support of RMHC and has increased the company’s total support to RMHC to over $300,000 since 2016.

“Over the past 5 years, AVANGRID and the Avangrid Foundation have made over $5.7 million in charitable donations to charitable and other community organizations across Connecticut,” the organizations said in a statement.

“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 the statement. “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 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 during their stay at RMHC.”

Michelle D’Amore, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, also said in the statement that the Pantry Pals program is an important element of the organization’s family-centric services. “Having a pantry full of things to choose from to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for each family is essential to keeping families together so they are better prepared for the challenges ahead,” she said.

“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 housing and essential necessities to families if they have to travel far for their child’s health care, the organization said. It has locations in New Haven and Springfield, Mass.

UI President and CEO Frank Reynolds, who recently visited the RMHC, said the “extraordinary work” there “deserves all our admiration, and the entire team at UI is very proud of this enduring partnership and the difference we were able to make in the communities we serve.”