Flathead Electric Cooperative encourages community to participate in Pulse Project to provide life essentials for local families 

Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) is seeking those who would consider making a monetary donation and/or making an appointment to donate a pint of blood during their annual Pulse Project event, scheduled for September 8 and 9. The Pulse Project is designed to meet two basic needs in our community, first by providing energy assistance for members in need, and second, by collecting donations for our two local blood service organizations, the American Red Cross and Vitalant. The goal is to collect 100 pints of blood, making the Pulse Project one of the state’s largest community blood drives.

FEC members who receive Pulse Project funds are typically experiencing a temporary financial crisis and may not qualify for traditional low-income assistance. FEC does its best to help, but as a member-owned, not-for-profit Cooperative, their resources are limited. Since its inception in 2018, the Pulse Project has raised over $50,000 in energy assistance funding, helping hundreds of local families pay their bills through challenging times such as medical emergencies, job layoffs, and life-changing traumas. It became even more meaningful over the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic left many FEC members struggling to make ends meet.

In addition, the Pulse Project has collected a total of 360 pints of blood (which could save up to 1,080 lives) for our local blood service organizations. One project goal is to attract brand new blood donors who will continue to make the life-saving choice to give blood. To-date, the Pulse Project has attracted 91 first-time blood donors.

To successfully meet the Pulse Project’s goals again this year, the Co-op will need the help of community individuals and businesses. Financial contributions will enable FEC to greater assist more members of our community, and those who sign up as a blood donor may even save a life. For more information or to support the project, call 751-4483 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/pulseproject.