January 18, 2017
8:59 am

Heart of Cook Ready to Do Good Again

The world is made up of all sorts of people. We've heard before that some people watch things happen, some make things happen, and far too many just stand around wondering what happened. The communities of Berrien County are extremely fortunate to have the Berrien Community Foundation to help make things happen, and there's no better component of that organization at getting to the heart of the matter than the team from Indiana Michigan Power Company's Cook Nuclear Plant at Bridgman. 

They even created "The Heart of Cook" Foundation Fund years ago in order to be able to assist a broad array of non-profit organizations all at the same time. They're gearing up to do it again this year under the auspices of the Berrien Community Foundation where applications are now being accepted for donations from "The Heart of Cook" Foundation Fund.

Joel Gebbie is Senior Vice President & Chief Nuclear Officer at the Cook Plant. He says, "Every year we look forward to providing this funding opportunity to the non-profits in our community." He adds, "The Heart of Cook Foundation is one way that we can say thank you and support the non-profit organizations that serve our community so tirelessly throughout the year." 

Educational projects, human services programs that support families, and environmental protection and preservation projects are the focus areas for this grant program. The grant review committee, comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees, gives special consideration to projects that involve I&M employees. Organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax exempt or equivalent status to qualify for funding.

Dave LeFor is an Employee Advisory Committee Member. He says, "In 2016, we provided more than $53,000 in funding to 29 non-profit programs and special projects in educational and community-based agencies." He notes, "That is a great way for Cook to continue to be an important community partner. So much good is accomplished when we work together." 

Grant applications and guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Berrien Community Foundation's web site below beginning today, January 9, 2017. All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the Berrien Community Foundation's website. The grant application due date is February 6, 2017, with awards to be announced in May. Agencies that have received funding for three consecutive years will not be eligible to apply during this grant cycle. If you have questions about applying, contact Susan Matheny at susanmatheny@berriencommunity.org.

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana and serves more than 580,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan. The Heart of Cook Foundation Fund assists non-profit programs in Southwest Michigan and LaPorte, St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties of Northwest Indiana. 

The Berrien Community Foundation holds endowment and other funds for a number of non-profit organizations in Berrien County. Through these funds the Community Foundation is able to support the ever-changing needs of Berrien County now and into the future. The Community Foundation's Community Endowment and field of interest funds have provided funding to support a wide variety of services and agencies for more than 60-years. For additional information you can visit their website or call 269-983-3304.

Here is the link to the foundation's grant applications and guidelines:
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