A $750 grant from Roundup for Safety will help alert senior citizens to potential fire danger

What began as a casual dinner conversation at the Lake family household, resulted in a $750 grant from Roundup for Safety to purchase smoke detectors for area seniors in need. With the help of her parents, Kevin and Inga, 14-year-old Bailey Lake applied for the grant via the Kalispell Senior Citizen’s Center, after learning she’d need to request funds through a local nonprofit organization. Steve Bicknell is President of the Center’s Board and he says Bailey’s presentation won them over:

“She was doing fabulous work, especially considering her age, and we wanted to help her in any way we could,” Bicknell said. Inga Lake says the idea came up while the family was talking about fire training at their Agape’ Home Health Care business, and their daughter just ran with it.

“Bailey has always been very community minded, but her interest in helping others has magnified over the years through her experience in 4-H. She’s even donating part of the proceeds she made from the sale of her market lamb to this cause,” Inga said.

Besides the partners listed above, Bailey is also working with the Agency on Aging to help determine who is in most need of the smoke detectors (over 100 of them) in the community. She says she is grateful for all the support.

“I’m very excited to have the chance to provide this small safety mechanism that potentially can make a very big impact. Thank you Flathead Electric and Co-op members for contributing to the Roundup for Safety program.”

In addition to the $750 awarded to the Kalispell Senior Center, Flathead Electric’s Roundup for Safety Board awarded grants to the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the September 14 meeting to $12,428:

Calvary Lutheran Church – $2,000 for defibrillators;

Whitefish School District #44 – $1,500 for ropes course safety equipment;

Kalispell School District #5 – $2,742 for security cameras;

Flathead Rapids – $936 for soccer goal sandbags;

Flathead High School – $500 for AED medical travel kits; and

Libby Area Chamber of Commerce – $4,000 for ADA accessible deck and safety railing.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community nonprofit safety projects. The Co-op is grateful to all who participate in enhancing the safety of our community. For additional information about the program, call Mike Radel at 406-751-4429 or visit Roundup for Safety.