06/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/03/2019 07:57
Bridgman, Mich., May 31, 2019- 'The Heart of Cook' awarded grants to 38 area non-profit organizations totaling over $65,000 at a special grant reception at Indiana Michigan Power's Cook Nuclear Plant on May 30. The 'Heart of Cook' is a corporate-advised fund held by the Berrien Community Foundation.
'This year, our fund allowed us to give out a few more dollars than we have in the past,' said Cook Site Vice President Shane Lies who was on hand to present awards at the reception. 'The need is never ending, and we are pleased that this employee-driven effort is able to provide some additional support for these very important community organizations.'
The 2019 grants supported a wide range of programming with everything from school supplies to fire safety programs to services for people with disabilities. The Heart of Cook focuses on programs that address education, human services and environmental projects and gives priority to programs that involve a Cook Nuclear plant employee.
While the Heart of Cook grant program is administered by the Berrien Community Foundation, a committee comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees reviews all of the grant applications and makes decisions. This year, the Heart of Cook committee received and reviewed over 68 grant applications requesting more than $300,000.
Organizations receiving 2019 grants were:
Grant applications for 2020 will be available in January by contacting the Berrien Community Foundation at www.berriencommunity.org.
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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company's generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.
The goal of the Berrien Community Foundation is to connect needs with resources in our community. Working with individuals, corporations and other foundations, BCF creates endowments and other funds that support the ever-changing needs of Berrien County. For more information about BCF and how you can create your own legacy of giving, visit their website at www.BerrienCommunity.org or call (269) 983-3304.