Concern for Community – CoBank’s Sharing Success

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative Inc. recently awarded CoBank’s Sharing Success grants to four area organizations. The Sharing Success program doubles the contributions of CoBank’s customers (like Alfalfa Electric) to charitable organizations. CoBank recognizes that its customers often know best where funding is most effectively provided to benefit their communities. Since the establishment of Sharing Success in 2012, CoBank and its customers have contributed money to organizations that serve a public purpose and are consistent with the purpose and guidelines of the Sharing Success program. Alfalfa Electric was excited to team up with CoBank for the eleventh year and offer this program to the communities in our service area. The four organizations chosen by the Alfalfa Electric Board of Trustees were the James Dennis Medical Foundation DBA Community Health Center, Stamp out Starvation, Inc., City of Carmen, and Friends of the Library.

Community Health Center of Wakita was seeking funding to replace their 50+ year old FAA surplus generator. With the purchase of an improved generator, Community Health Center can guarantee the safety and comfort of its residents with heating, air conditioning, power for lighting, medical devices, and television. Pictured to the left are Gary Smith, Mary Anna Evans, Peggy Mitchell, Greg Goetz (AEC General Manager/CEO), and Stan Diller (AEC Trustee). Alfalfa Electric Cooperative and CoBank awarded Community Health Center $5,000.00 to assist with the purchase of a new generator.

Stamp Out Starvation, Inc. located in Cherokee was requesting funding to maintain its current facilities and to help purchase supplies to assist where food insecurity is a problem. Stamp Out Starvation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to people all around the world, even right here in our service area. Pictured to the right are Joe Woods (AEC Trustee), Monte Stewart (President of Stamp Out Starvation), and Greg Goetz (AEC General Manager/CEO).  Alfalfa Electric Cooperative and CoBank awarded Stamp Out Starvation $5,000.00.

The City of Carmen was seeking funding to purchase a new or gently used pickup. This additional vehicle would replace the current vehicle used for the maintenance of the town’s facilities. The current vehicle is unreliable and has many costly repairs deeming it unfit for service. The City of Carmen provides water and sewer services to 350 residents while also maintaining the streets, alleys, cemetery, library, park, and pool. Alfalfa Electric Cooperative and CoBank awarded the City of Carmen $7,500.00. Pictured to the left are Dalton Cheshire, Gary Olson (AEC Trustee), Greg Goetz (AEC General Manager/CEO), Bobby Perryman (Assistant Mayor), Matthew Oldham (Mayor), Josh Crites, and Sheryl Gahr.

Friends of the Library was the final organization chosen by Alfalfa Electric’s board of trustees to receive funding. Based out of Cherokee, Friends of the Library coordinates with the Cherokee City Library to provide speakers and programs for the current Summer Reading Program.  In addition to the activities for the youth, they also coordinate activities for adults including Tai Chi. Pictured receiving the Alfalfa Electric/CoBank grant of $2,500.00 are Joe Woods (AEC Trustee), Cyndi Woods, Grace Wessels, Jenny Regier (Librarian), and Greg Goetz (AEC General Manager/CEO).