Area's People Fund grants total $63,000 for 2011
The funds went to more than 80 charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches from Kalamazoo to the Straits of Mackinac. Of that total, more than $63,000 was awarded to 31 organizations in Northwest Michigan.
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is supported solely by Great Lakes Energy members who allow their electric cooperative to round up their bill each month to the next dollar.
Members of the electric cooperative who are not participating are encouraged to enroll in the People Fund online or by contacting Great Lakes Energy’s office. The local office, at 1323 Boyne Ave in Boyne City, can be reached at (231) 582-6521.
The following 31 groups in northern counties received People Fund grants totaling just over $63,100 during 2011:
— Beaver Island Community Development Corp., $1,000 for bathroom grab bars for seniors and disabled adults at the Forest View Community building.
— Boyne Area Seniors, $2,500 for materials and new computer class offerings
— Boyne Arts Collective, $600 for roof repair for the art gallery
— Boyne City Food Pantry, $3,000 for a compressor for a walk-in cooler
— Boyne Country Community Center, $2,000 for a commercial wheelchair lift
— Char-Em United Way, Petoskey, $2,500 for the 2-1-1 hotline
— Charity Hill Ranch, Rapid City, $2,500 for scholarships for disabled children to attend therapeutic riding camp
— Cheboygan Compassionate Ministries, $2,000 for 10 tables and 40 chairs
— Child Abuse & Neglect Council, Mancelona, $2,000 for cribs, mattresses and supplies for baby pantry
— City of Boyne City, $1,000 for river walk
— City of Charlevoix, $1,000 for disc golf course and equipment.
— Compassionate Hearts, Boyne City, $1,000 for emergency financial assistance for low-income families
— Crawford County Commission on Aging: $1,200 for coupon booklets for low-income seniors to receive fresh local produce
— Crawford County Library System, $1,800 for two computers for children’s programs.