November 18, 2015
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund awarded $81,290 in grants in October to 26 non-profit organizations throughout the electric cooperative’s service area. The grant awards were made possible through the support of Great Lakes Energy members who voluntarily round-up their bill each month.
- Boyne Area Free Clinic, Boyne City: $5,000 for laboratory testing.
- Kalkaska County Library: $5,800 for two children’s computer learning stations.
- East Jordan Community Pool: $2,500 for a record board.
- Good Neighbors Food Pantry, Boyne City: $1,800 for improvements to the entryway.
- Crossroads Ministries/New Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Gaylord: $7,000 for a heating and cooling system.
- Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey: $3,000 for a pugmill for the pottery studio.
- Beaver Island Historical Society of Michigan: matching grant of $7,500 for the museum expansion.
- Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: $1,100 toward a vehicle for the Meals on Wheels program.
- Lighthouse Community Lunch Program, Charlevoix: $1,000 for supplies and food.
- ACT-Artists Creating Together, Traverse City: $1,000 for the Arts for All Celebration, an interactive arts festival for students with and without disabilities.
- Challenge Mountain, Boyne City: $7,500 for renovations to the resale store.
- Bellaire High School Student Council, Bellaire: $1,000 for material to make baby blankets for the Antrim County Baby Pantry.
- Crawford County Community Help Center, Grayling: $2,500 for a commercial freezer for the food pantry.
- The City of Ludington: $3,000 for a storage shed for the new pickleball court.
- Luther Area Public Library: $2,585 for new railings on the front porch.
- COVE, Ludington: $2,200 for nurse’s training for the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program.
- Reed City Area District Library: $4,000 for lighting improvements for the library renovation.
- Seventh-day Adventist Community Service Center, Irons: $2,000 for personal care items for the pantry.
- West Michigan Fair Association, Scottville: $1,000 for signage on fair buildings to help facilitate locating people during emergency situations.
- Oceana County Council on Aging, Hart: $2,005 for computer equipment for home care staff.
- Mecosta Township, Big Rapids: $2,000 for park and playground equipment.
- Christian Neighbors, Plainwell: $2,000 for waiting room chairs.
- Troy Township, Walkerville: $5,000 for a handicapped accessible restroom in the township hall.
- Ladders of Hope, Fennville: $2,800 for a commercial refrigerator for the food pantry.
- West Michigan TEAM, Grand Rapids: $5,000 for an Employer Resource Network (ERN) success coach in Oceana County.
- Mercy Health, Muskegon: $1,000 for educational kits for the Safe Kids Safe Sleep program in Oceana County.
Since 1999, the People Fund has awarded more than $2.8 million in grants to local non-profit organizations that work to enhance local communities in Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area.
“For less than 50 cents per month, our members’ small contributions make a large impact on the lives of others” says President/CEO Steve Boeckman. “By joining together to round-up their bills to the nearest dollar, our members show their true commitment to their local communities.”
Great Lakes Energy members can enroll in the People Fund by calling 888-485-2537 or visiting gtlakes.com. One hundred percent of the funds collected are used for grants.
Non-profit organizations in the Great Lakes Energy service area can request a grant application online at gtlakes.com. The next grant application deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.