Make a Difference
Whether we’re caring for Michigan’s natural resources or supporting difference-makers in our communities through charitable giving, People Fund grants, energy savings, and volunteering, we constantly seek ways to change our members’ lives for the better.
As a member of Great Lakes Energy, we’re proud to provide you with many opportunities to make a difference in your community. From reducing your carbon footprint, to supporting vital non-profit organizations, take a look at the list below to see what’s within your power to make a difference in the community.
Powering the Extraordinary
Lake County Historical Society
– Baldwin, MI
In the heart of downtown Baldwin, Michigan, the Lake County Historical Museum and Society seek to educate and share their passion for the county and its people’s rich and diverse history.
For them, preserving history also means preserving the natural resources the area celebrates, and the society is proud to have a co-op partner in this effort.
Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm
– Free Soil, MI
Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm in Free Soil provides free animal therapy and recreation for people with disabilities, impacting more than 1,000 individuals each from all over Western Michigan and beyond. The 40-acre farm-—operated completely by volunteers and donations-—features a working garden, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and year-round programming and events which has earned recognition from Ludington and Scottville Chamber’s community service awards, and the state of Michigan’s “Special Tribute Award.”
Bear Creek Organic Farm
– Petoskey, MI
Bear Creek Organic Farm, the first USDA Certified Organic farm in Petoskey, operates 52 weeks per year to produce a wide variety of organic greens including salad greens, microgreens, leafy greens, and living herbs in addition to honey, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other organic plants.
The farm’s hyper-local concentration ensures customers enjoy products that are thousands of miles fresher by delivering produce to customers as soon as possible after harvest, and thousands of miles greener from a carbon-footprint standpoint by reducing carbon emissions associated with transporting the produce.
YMCA of Barry County
– Hastings, MI
For children, summer can be a season of opportunity to learn and grown on their own terms. That can be challenging for some children in Barry County to access learning opportunities.
That’s why the YMCA of Barry County, in a partnership with local schools and businesses–and support from Great Lakes Energy People Fund–joined together to create the B. Bus Mobile Library on a mission to keep kids and families reading all summer. In their first year, the B. Bus lent more than 2,100 books to 350 children.
Sklarzcyk Seed Farm
– Johannesburg, MI
Have you ever eaten a potato chip? Chances are it began as a seed potato on the Sklarzcyk family farm.
Recognized by the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award for their energy efficiency efforts, the Sklarzcyks are seeding a low-carbon future.
Otsego County Habitat for Humanity
– Gaylord, MI
For more than 25 years, Otsego County Habitat for Humanity (OCHFH) has strived to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Now building its 25th home, OCHFH is bringing together more community members than ever through a partnership with Kirkland Community College and a unique educational and philanthropic opportunity for area high school students to earn valuable experience and college credits.
– Boyne Falls, MI
Since 1983, Challenge Mountain has enriched, inspired, and empowered individuals with disabilities through adaptive recreational experiences and adventures. The passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers now provides nearly 2,000 adventurous experiences per year—free of charge.
For Challenge Mountain, protecting Michigan’s outdoors means more than protecting beauty and splendor. It means fostering the foundation to provide hope and empowerment for individuals to challenge themselves in all-seasons—and beyond.
Friske Orchards & Farm Market
– Ellsworth, MI
For nearly 60 years, Friske Orchards and Farm Market has provided Michiganders with delicious fresh produce and more.
Their livelihood is rooted in the earth, and that’s why they’re committed to protecting its natural resources.