Manna’s Market receives $10,000 gift from HomeWorks Tri-County Electric
A $10,000 gift to Manna’s Market in Lake Odessa was presented Tuesday, Jan. 6, by HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Portland, represented by director Wayne Swiler and general manager Mark Kappler.
The gift was made possible by a $5,000 matching grant from one of the cooperative’s lenders, CoBank, as part of CoBank’s Sharing Success program. This $3 million charitable fund was designed to benefit cooperatives and the charitable groups they support throughout rural America. CoBank first launched the program in 2012 in conjunction with the International Year of Cooperatives.
“We were pleased to have this opportunity to support an organization like Manna’s Market, where my wife, Pam, and I have volunteered our own time. Our rural communities need these services and this gift will help Manna’s Market stock its pantry and serve our neighbors,” said Swiler, who represents Barry and Ionia counties on the HomeWorks Tri-County Electric board.
CoBank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. It’s also a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. CoBank is headquartered outside Denver, Colorado.
HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative believes community service is an essential part of its mission to provide its members and customers with energy, comfort, and communications solutions that will enhance their quality of life. The co-op was created in 1937 by farmers in Eaton, Ingham, and Jackson counties, and moved its headquarters to Portland in 1941. Since 1993, the Tri-County Electric People Fund, has granted over $1.8 million to needy families and organizations across mid-Michigan in its 13-county service area. The People Fund is supported by member-owners who voluntarily round up their monthly electric bills.
Manna’s Market is a nondenominational, faith inspired, non-profit Michigan corporation serving all of Barry County and the communities of the Lakewood School District, including Vermontville and Mulliken in Eaton County, by extending a helping hand and providing food, clothing and baby pantry items for those facing dire circumstances beyond their control.
Photo caption: From left, Manna’s Market board members and volunteers Dan Hankins, Robin Michalski, and Jayne Flanigan accept the $10,000 check from HomeWorks Tri-County Electric general manager Mark Kappler and director Wayne Swiler, with his wife, Pam.
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