Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

The Tri-County Electric People Fund is celebrating 25 years of service to mid-Michigan this year!

In that time, $2.2 million has been granted to help 629 individuals or families, and 873 organizations. That’s an average grant of $1,464.47 to help with housing or medical expenses, put books on library shelves, provide radios or protective gear to ambulance and fire services, and so much more!

And it all starts with you, our member-owners, rounding up your monthly energy bills to the next dollar. The difference averages just 50 cents a month but look at what that has added up to since 1993! Thank you to every person who has supported the People Fund with monthly round-ups, cash contributions, or even using our Amazon Smile link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-3083659) when they shop online.

One of the best things about the Tri-County Electric People Fund is that it keeps your money close to home. Some people have confused the People Fund’s Operation Round Up on their bill for the new Low Income Energy Assistance Fund (LIEAF) charge of 93 cents a month. Here are some of the differences:

  • Your People Fund contribution is voluntary and tax-deductible. LIEAF is neither.
  • People Fund grants are decided by local people – your neighbors – and stay here in our service area to help more neighbors. LIEAF goes directly to the State of Michigan, which then disburses it to the Department of Health and Human Services and 2-1-1 agencies, all across the state.
  • People Fund grants are meant to be a one-time helping hand. LIEAF funds is a public safety net; funds may be paid out to families several times, up to a pre-determined cap, over a heating season.

I want to say a special thanks to all of our board members since the beginning: Richard Palermo, Jerry Supina, Ed Heffron, Mary Ellen Heffron, Peg Brown, Paul Main, Lisa Johnson, Jan Amsterburg, Peggy Pirhonen, Jim Mull, Dick Donley, Patti Sharp, and Jerrilynn Strong. If we added up all the hours these wonderful people have spent voluntarily reading thousands of applications, presenting checks, and talking about the People Fund, it would be another huge number!

It is a real pleasure for me to support the People Fund and its board members. Thank you for your help in making the People Fund a success.

by Tanya Schneider, People Fund Administrative Assistant
March, 2018 Michigan Country Lines

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