October 25, 2018

Contact: Catherine Welker,, 413-584-1300 x122

Downtown Northampton Businesses Power Their Values

Local businesses in Northampton are choosing to power their values by switching their electricity supply to Hampshire Power, and giving back to the United Way.

With every new contract signed, Hampshire Power can facilitate a donation to the United Way of Hampshire County. Through this unique partnership, local businesses have a way to keep more of their money local, while giving back to the communities they serve.

“Keeping energy green and money local is important,” says Andre Boulay, A2Z Science & Learning Store. “Hampshire Power is just a walk across the street from us at A2Z, so it was a natural fit and we love how they support our community!”

The downtown business community supports the United Way through their purchase of Hampshire Power and will also participate in Downtown Lives United on Saturday, October 27th, where 5% of the day’s profits will be donated to the United Way of Hampshire County to support the local community.

“Every dollar makes a significant impact in assisting our neighbors,” says John Bidwell, executive director, United Way of Hampshire County. “It is great to see local businesses allow their customers to give back to the United Way through their everyday purchases.”

Participating Hampshire Power businesses include: A Child’s Garden, Belly of the Beast, Cathy Cross for Women, Don Muller Gallery, GoBerry, Provisions, Sutter Meats, Thornes Marketplace, and Woodstar Café. Combined with HCG’s 184 local customers, they purchase nearly 20,000 MWh of power annually through Hampshire Power.

“I like working with a company that is here in my town, where I see the employees of that company in my business,” says Rebecca Robbins, Woodstar Café. “I like that all of Hampshire Power’s other work is mission-driven in areas of sustainability, human services, supporting local government. I couldn’t really ask for more.”

The only nonprofit energy supplier in Massachusetts, Hampshire Power has long been a trusted local member of the downtown Northampton community. “Being part of Hampshire Power lives up to the Chamber’s Live Local mission,” says Suzanne Beck, Northampton Chamber of Commerce. “Switching our electricity supply was a no brainer.”

The United Way of Hampshire County provides tools for every person to reach their full potential through education, economic security, and wellness. More than 22,000 residents of Hampshire County are impacted by the United Way’s programs and services.

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HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. HCG’s Hampshire Power provides electricity services, including green and locally produced electricity. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue and grants.