EnerStar, Co-Bank grants help local law enforcement
For seventh year, EnerStar Electric Cooperative has awarded the CoBank Sharing Success matching grant. The grant’s purpose is to help cooperatives support causes and organizations important to the communities they serve. This year, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department each received $5,000.
CoBank, a non-profit, cooperatively owned bank, assists rural America with financial services to agribusiness and rural electricity, water and communication providers in all 50 states. CoBank matches contributions by its cooperative members to the charitable organizations of their choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000. The charitable organizations must be established as a non-profit under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Other potentially eligible organizations include schools, churches and government organizations as long as the donation serves a public purpose and is consistent with the program’s purpose and guidelines.
Cooperatives are guided by seven cooperative principles, which include “Cooperation Among Cooperatives” and “Concern for Community.”
“We take great pride in helping the communities we serve,” said EnerStar’s Angela Griffin. “We must all work together to provide financial and in-kind donations to organizations that make home a better place to live.”
Top Photo: Receiving a $5,000 check from the EnerStar board of directors is former Sheriff Jerry Parsley and Deputy Derrick Sanders from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. Funds will be used toward the purchase of ballistic vests for all correction officers in Clark County.
Bottom Photo: The Edgar County Sheriff’s Department was recently awarded the EnerStar Co-Bank Sharing Success Grant. Sheriff Jeff Wood is pictured receiving $5,000 from the EnerStar board of directors. Funds will be used toward the purchase of a new digital fingerprinting system.
Past Sharing Success Grant Recipients
2017 – Oakland Food Pantry
The food pantry was gifted with an older building for food storage and distribution. The $5,000 grant was used to replace the flooring and to bring a bathroom up to code with new plumbing. The electric service was also upgraded so the facilities could adequately run the food storage freezers.
2017 – Clark County Park District
To enhance the trails at Mill Creek Park, the $5,000 grant was used to create a bike and foot path across the lake’s dam. The new path now provides for better flow and connects eight miles of existing trails.
2016 – Twin Lakes All-Ability Playground
Assisted with the construction of a playground in the heart of Paris’ Twin Lakes Park with a special design for children of all abilities, where children with physical limitations can play equally with others.
2015 – Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties
Donation to the HRC’s capital campaign to expand its comprehensive behavioral healthcare in east central Illinois
2014 – University of Illinois Extension Service in Edgar and Clark counties
To further develop educational youth and adult programming, funds used to purchase computer tablets and cooking school kits. New copiers were purchased for both the Clark and Edgar County offices. The Extension service was able to use the funds to match with another grant from the state of Illinois to receive an additional $7,500.
2013 – Marshall Food Distribution Center and Martinsville Food Pantry
Grant funds used by two food pantries in Clark County to upgrade their facilities. The Marshall Food Distribution Center received $7,500 and the Martinsville Food Pantry $2,500. The amounts were determined by the number of families served by each organization.
2012 – Paris High School
During school construction, which is served by EnerStar, funds were used to furnish a science and a math classroom. On a side note, that same year, EnerStar also secured a $75,000 Power Moves grant that was used for energy efficiency initiatives including a geothermal heating unit, LED lights and motion sensors.