About the Pulse Project
With a mission to support our community, Flathead Electric Cooperative hosted the first annual Pulse Project in 2018, where our community came together to achieve the largest Red Cross Blood Drive in Montana history and raised over $13,000 for energy assistance to help local families!
Our second annual Pulse Project took place September 11 – 12, 2019, hosting the community’s largest blood drive, and again provide funding for local energy assistance. Additionally, in 2019, we brought together both of our area’s blood providers, the American Red Cross and Vitalant, for a two-day blood drive. Thanks to YOU, this project was a huge success!
Here are the results from the 2019 event:
- We raised almost $16,500 in donations for energy assistance funding.
- We surpassed our 100 pint goal by collecting a total of 127 Pints of blood (82 for Red Cross and 45 for Vitalant).
- We also attracted 32 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:
An elderly woman came into the Co-op recently. She has a history of paying her bills on time every month; however, she couldn’t afford just this one month because she had to purchase some new medication, and would need to choose between her electric bill and her medication. She was looking to work out a payment plan with our staff, but we were able to help her pay her bill for the month. She left in happy tears.
A man and his wife both had good jobs and were enjoying life with their four children, when the wife suddenly fell on ice at their home this winter, suffering severe injuries that required surgery. She was unable to work for months, drastically reducing the family income. The couple, who had always been able to pay their bills, were thrust into a temporary financial crisis. The husband came to visit FEC—not to ask for help but to work out a payment plan for that month’s electric bill—and we were able to give him a hand up.
We were grateful to be able to provide some support and aid in getting these local families through difficult times with the fund that the Pulse Project will provide for. Many of us could find ourselves in an unexpected situation like one of these. Your support of the Pulse Project will help us create more happy endings!