$38K awarded to non-profits

May 25, 2017

Great Lakes Energy members who support the cooperative’s People Fund program made possible 12 grants to local community non-profit organizations. The People Fund Board of Directors awarded over $37,970 in grants this spring to the following non-profit organizations in central Michigan.

1. Circle Rocking S Children’s Farm, Free Soil: $4,437.99 for barn repairs, printer and fax machine.
2. City of Ludington Police Department: $5,000 for a driving simulator.
3. Irons Seventh-Day Adventist Community Service Center: $3,000 for food pantry needs.
4. Fixing Furry Friends, Scottville: $948.08 for canopies, cages and crates.
5. Second Chance Humane Society, Scottville: $1,072.96 for a laptop, printer, keyboard and monitor.
6. Stehouwer Free Clinic, Cadillac: $5,000 for dental care for low income clients.
7. Uplift Pine River Area Kids, Tustin: $5,000 for a supplemental food program for kids.
8. Martin Johnson Heritage Museum, Baldwin: $3,265 for a new roof.
9. Fountain Area Community Center, Free Soil: $3,000 for a furnace for the upstairs of the community center.
10. West Shore Pregnancy & Family Support, Ludington: $3,000 for the Earn While You Learn Program.
11. Growing Future Agriculture Business 4-H, Reed City: $3,000 for a commercial refrigerator for produce.
12. Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association, Ludington: $1,250 to bring the schooner Appledorn V to the Michigan Lighthouse celebration.

The People Fund is supported by the voluntary contributions of Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric cooperative to round up their bill each month to the next dollar. More than $3 million in grants have been awarded since 1999 to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches along the western side of Michigan.

Non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Energy service area can apply for a grant through the People Fund by calling Great Lakes Energy, 1-888-485-2537, ext. 1313. The next grant application deadline is Oct. 15.

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