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Mill Creek Park, Oakland Food Pantry receive grant

For the sixth year, EnerStar Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the CoBank Sharing Success Grant. Mill Creek Park, a part of the Clark County Park District, and the Oakland Food Pantry in Oakland will split the $10,000 donation.

EnerStar matched local dollars with grant funds from CoBank which operates a $3 million charitable fund designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America.

Under the program, CoBank matches contributions by its cooperative members to the charitable organizations of their choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,000. CoBank requires that the charitable organization is 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.

CoBank, a non-profit, cooperatively owned bank, assists rural America with loans and other financial services to agribusiness and rural electricity, water and communication providers in all 50 states. “This is a great example of cooperatives working together to support communities, and we are proud to support such worthwhile organizations,” said EnerStar’s Marketing and Member Services Manager Angela Griffin. She explained that EnerStar is guided by seven cooperative principles, which include “Cooperation among Cooperatives” and “Concern for Community.”


Congratulations to this year's recipients!


Oakland Food Pantry

Oakland Food Pantry

The food pantry, which is a ministry of the Oakland Ministerial Association, was recently gifted a building to use for food storage and distribution. But it was an older building with much needed upgrades and repairs. The grant monies were used to replace the flooring and to bring a bathroom up to code with new plumbing. The electric service was also upgraded as the facilities could not adequately run the food storage freezers.


Clark County Park District

The Fay Pickering Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails has once again been ranked #1 by a top biking website. To further enhance the trails, Mill Creek Park, which is served by EnerStar, used its awarded funds to create a bike and foot path across the lake’s dam. The new path provides for better flow and connects eight miles of existing trails. The single track, dug out mostly by hand, attracts riders and event participants from all over the Midwest.


Past Sharing Success Grant Recipients

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.

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