Powder River Energy, Basin Electric, PRECorp Foundation join forces to boost local charities with $35,200
A donation challenge by the Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp) employees and Board of Directors has resulted in more than $35,000 being donated to northeast Wyoming charities before the end of 2020.
The PRECorp employee team determined that its annual Christmas party was not the most impactful use of funds during the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic times, so they recommended instead to donate funds that would have been used for the event to help local charities. The PRECorp Foundation responded with a dollar-for-dollar match of those funds. In turn, PRECorp’s wholesale power supplier, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, matched the PRECorp and PRECorp Foundation funds, resulting in $35,200 in grant awards to help feed the hungry across our five northeast Wyoming counties.
“As a cooperative, we are always looking to support the communities where our facilities are located,” said Chris Baumgartner, Basin Electric Senior Vice President of Member Services and Administration. “Concern for Community is one of seven cooperative principles Basin Electric truly believes in and these donations show that. We are thankful that we are able to help these local charitable organizations feed the hungry in their communities.”
Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station electrical generating plant is located in Campbell County near Gillette, Wyoming.
“We are grateful for the challenge by employees at PRECorp who really made this happen, and the special giving by Basin Electric, which will help families in need this Christmas,” said PRECorp Foundation Board President, John Flocchini. “The effort of the Foundation in 2020 has been to assist local organizations who are working to bring food security to their communities. This donation will help those organizations fulfill that mission into 2021.”
Below are the local charities receiving funds in this special donation.
Campbell County Council of Community Services, Campbell County Senior Center for benefit of Home-Delivered Meals Program, Wright Community Assistance, and Wright Silver Sage Senior Center
Moorcroft Interfaith Community Food Pantry; and Crook County Senior Services meals programs in Sundance, Hulett and Moorcroft
Johnson County Friends Feeding Friends, Kaycee All Souls Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Buffalo Bread of Life Food Pantry, Buffalo Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Central Wyoming
Sheridan Salvation Army - The Harvest Food Pantry, Sheridan Hub on Smith, People Assistance Food Pantry, First Christian Church Lunch Together/Soup Kitchen Program, and The Food Group
B.R.E.A.D. Food Pantry, Upton Food Bank, Weston County Senior Services