People's Fund grant honorees named

Great Lakes Energy members continue to lend a hand to local community causes through their voluntary contributions to the People Fund. The People Fund Board of Directors awarded a total of $10,559.94 in grants in June to the following non-profit organizations in central Michigan:

1. LeRoy Razzasque Days, LeRoy: $2,759.94 for a permanent concession stand in the Village.

2. Lake County Animal Control, Baldwin: $1,500 for a new animal box for an animal control truck.

3. Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Ludington: $2,500 for an airplane exhibit.

4. Andre Bosse Center, Ludington: $800 for a new copier.

5. Project Starburst, Big Rapids: $1,000 for Project Connect.

6. HELP, Ludington: $2,000 for emergency medical assistance.

The 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. Since 1999, more than $2.2 million in grants have been awarded to charitable and community organizations throughout Great Lakes Energy’s 26-county service area, which stretches along the western side of Michigan.

“For less than 50 cents a month, Great Lakes Energy members can help many in need,” says President/CEO Steve Boeckman. “Members can enroll very easily by contacting us so we can continue to help local, worthwhile organizations in need.”

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. 1, 2012.