$15,650 of Good¢ents funds awarded

The first round of grants was awarded to three local non-profit agencies and two individuals in need. Here’s a breakdown:

Brandon Michael, Handler and Ronnie Rosenberg, President of the Fairbanks Animal Shelter, meet with Good¢ents trustees Teresa Usibelli and Jim Lund.

  • North Star Council on Aging: $10,000 awarded for the purchase of a new delivery truck for the “Meals on Wheels” program. This program delivers nearly 200 nutritious meals daily to seniors in need, while providing social interaction and wellness checks.
  • Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund: Match up to $1,500 towards the purchase of pickets and dog chains to be used for evacuated animals in the event of a local disaster. Recent disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and others, have brought to light the devastation not just to humans, but to animals as well.
  • Tanana District 4-H Leaders Council: Up to $1,000 for scholarships to provide leadership training for teen counselors attending the Junior Jamboree camp.
  • Individual: Matching contribution of $1,000 towards sending a disabled youth to an educational summer camp.
  • Individual: $2,150 awarded to assist in meeting emergency expenses due to medical treatment for a life-threating illness.
To protect privacy, individual names are not released. Matching awards are contingent upon the applicant receiving funds from other sources to match the award given by Good¢ents.

Good¢ents is a bill round up program through Golden Valley Electric Association. Members’ electric bills are rounded up to the next whole dollar with the remaining cents donated to the separate Good¢ents fund. Since the launch of the program in March 2011, GVEA members have voluntarily contributed $31,500.

A volunteer board of trustees oversees the Good¢ents Foundation and reviews all requests from local non-profits and individuals in need. The trustees received seven applications for request of funds totaling $24,600. After reviewing the applications, the trustees awarded five applicants a total of $15,650.

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