The Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity recently received a $600 donation from East River Electric Cooperative’s employees. Matt Tesch, East River Employees Committee Chair, said, “The Employees Committee works hard to make a difference in our communities. We hosted a pizza fundraiser and are happy to be able to donate the funds raised to Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity.”
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. The donation from East River will go toward construction costs for building a home in Madison. Habitat relies on such donations to help fund the work. Housing impacts many aspects of a person’s life. Those who own safe and affordable housing often have fewer health issues, have children that do better in school, and experience many benefits that impact their families well into the future.
Randy Grimsley, resource development director at Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity, expressed appreciation for the donation. “We are so thankful for East River Electric’s donation. Every dollar helps us bring affordable housing to people in this area, and the impact is often felt beyond,” said Randy. “It’s wonderful to know that people support our endeavors and look forward to continued work in the community for years to come.”
PHOTO CUTLINE – East River Electric employees present the check to Jake McGlade from Habitat for Humanity. Left to right: Justin Mikel, Alexander Kramer, Matt Tesch, Erica Fitzhugh, Jake McGlade, and Michael Olson.
East River welcomes the public to support the 59th annual LifeScape Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 29. “The Employees’ Committee knows the importance of supporting non-profits in our area, such as LifeScape,” said Erica Fitzhugh, East River LifeScape Fundraiser chairperson. “We are selling raffle tickets for a Polaris Ranger and holding an online auction with items generously donated by businesses in our community.”
Proceeds from the online auction and raffle will benefit LifeScape, formerly Children’s Care Hospital and School and SD Achieve, whose mission it is to empower people to live their best lives. With more than $379,600 contributed to LifeScape over the years, East River’s annual fundraisers have helped provide for the very best in medical care, therapy, education, and other services for the children at LifeScape.
“East River Electric and their employees have been supporting kids for generations. This year more than 5,000 children across the region including all of South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and northeast Nebraska will be impacted by the generosity of East River Electric’s commitment to kids. The community’s support makes a difference providing specialized healthcare, education, residential, and therapy services in children’s homes, daycares, schools, outpatient center, and the residential school facility,” said Jessica Wells, LifeScape Foundation president. “We are grateful and honored to be part of East River Electric’s culture that gives back and takes care of the community.”
For more information on the event, visit East River’s auction website at http://www.eastriverforlifescape.org.
PHOTO CUTLINE – LifeScape empowers people to live their best lives.