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 2020
We will once again hold a two-day blood drive on September 9 and 10. September 9 will be a Red Cross community blood drive hosted at the Red Lion in Kalispell, and September 10 will be hosted at the 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.
Concerned about COVID-19? Red Cross, Vitalant, and FEC are all taking extra precautions this year.
Become a Financial Sponsor:
You can make a financial donation at any time to the Pulse Project.
Give Blood September 9:
FEC Pulse Project Red Cross blood drive
at the Red Lion Inn
20 North Main St. Kalispell
Give Blood September 10:
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 160 local families experiencing a temporary financial crisis by collecting $31,000 in donations for energy assistance funding.
We exceeded our blood goal by collecting a total of 266 Pints of blood (which could save up to 798 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 57 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!