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About the Pulse Project
Started in 2018, the Pulse Project was designed to meet two basic needs in our community by collecting life-saving blood and raising funds for energy assistance through an annual community blood drive and fundraiser.
Every day, FEC employees encounter members in our community who are experiencing a temporary financial crisis. These members don’t qualify for other low-income assistance programs, and since we are a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, we have limited means to help out these members in their time of need.
Pulse Project 2021
We’re holding a two-day blood drive on September 8 and 9, 2021. September 8 will be at Red Cross Blood Drive at FEC’s Kalispell office, and September 9 will be at Vitalant headquarters. Our goal is to collect 100 pints of blood, making this one of the state’s largest community blood drives.
We are also collecting energy assistance funding again this year, thanks to our generous sponsors.
Become a Financial Sponsor:
You can make a financial donation at any time to the Pulse Project.
Give Blood September 8:
FEC Pulse Project Red Cross blood drive
at Flathead Electric Cooperative
2510 US Highway 2 East, Kalispell
Give Blood September 9:
FEC Pulse Project at Vitalant
2593 US Hwy 2 East, Suite 1, Kalispell
Here’s what our community and Co-op partners have achieved since 2018:
We’ve helped over 160 local families experiencing a temporary financial crisis by collecting $54,600 in donations for energy assistance funding.
We’ve collected a total of 360 Pints of blood (which could save up to 1,080 lives) for our local blood service organizations, American Red Cross and Vitalant.
One Project goal is to attract brand new blood donors who we hope will continue to make the lifesaving choice to give blood. To-date, we have attracted 91 first-time blood donors.
Who receives energy assistance through Pulse Project funds?
On a regular basis, we encounter decent, hardworking members struggling to pay their bills. These folks are typically experiencing temporary financial burdens, such as a medical crisis, loss of a loved one, being laid off from a job and so on, and may not be eligible to receive traditional low-income assistance. As a not-for profit, member owned Cooperative, our resources available to provide assistance are limited. Members selected to receive Pulse Project funds will receive a credit applied to their Flathead Electric bill to be used for energy costs. All donations to this will stay 100% local, helping members of our community like these:
A member suffered third-degree burns to his hand and arm in an accident, rendering him unable to work at his craft (wood products) for a few months. A friend took him a couple of meals and asked how else she could help. He told her he was very worried about paying his power bill above all. So, she told him to call FEC, which he did, but was embarrassed to do so, not being the type to ask for help. He had no other energy assistance (had never needed it until then) but worked paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. FEC was able to credit $200 to his account through the Pulse Project. From our Member Service Representative:
“When I called to tell him, he was stunned. He had no idea there was something we could do to help with this (hopefully) one-time crisis, and he was anxious to learn more about the program. I won’t be surprised if, once he’s able to get back to work, he doesn’t then contribute to the fund.”