ECI REC forms new matching-gift partnership
ECI REC recently applied for and received funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success Matching Grant Program. Under the program, CoBank matches charitable contributions by cooperatives to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.
Here’s a description of the program from CoBank: “CoBank’s Sharing Success matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that our customers play in their communities. Partnering with our customers to support the causes and organizations they care about most is a great way for CoBank to make a positive impact and fulfill its mission of service to rural America.”
ECI REC chose projects from the Urbana-Polk Township Fire Department and the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition.
The fire department received $2,000 from CoBank with matching funds from ECI REC’s Community Reinvestment Fund for their Tool Up the Truck campaign (total of $4,000). The fire department is purchasing a new rescue pumper that will be their flagship engine. The engine will have seating for seven, vehicle accident rescue tools, multiple attack line configurations, ice/water rescue equipment, and standard firefighting tools available in one truck. The funds will also be used to purchase new tools for the rescue pumper. CEO Steve Marlow presented Fire Chief Trent Kramer and First Assistant Chief Brooks Burkhart a check on May 26, 2016. (See photo on front page.)
The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition received $1,000 from CoBank, with matching funds from the Community Reinvestment Fund (total of $2,000). These funds will be used for the Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition’s Make A Plan backpack program. The backpacks will contain a battery-operated weather radio and flashlight, a first-aid kit, and information on preparing for disaster events. They will be distributed in various locations around the county.