Roundup for Safety grant will help seniors stay in their homes

A $5,000 grant from Roundup for Safety will help senior citizens living in mobile homes make repairs they couldn’t otherwise make for themselves. That’s according to Jim Atkinson, who applied for the grant through the Agency on Aging.

“Many seniors have rotted out, unsafe floors, porches and stairways, tagged furnaces, leaking water heaters and other problems that make their homes unsafe to live in. Our objective is to make repairs necessary to keep them in their homes in a safe and sanitary environment.”

In addition to the Agency on Aging, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants for the following safety related community projects, bringing the total awarded at the February meeting to $22,100:

Lincoln County Community Health Center – $500 for lock boxes for opiate medication;

Bigfork High School – $2,800 for rock climbing gear;

Columbia Falls Baseball – $5,000 for bleachers;

South Kalispell Volunteer Fire Department – $5,000 for rescue equipment;

Glacier Lacrosse Club – $500 for helmets;

ImagineIF Library Foundation – $1,500 for an ADA electric door opener; and

Habitat for Humanity – $1,800 for hard hats and ladders.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative 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 Wendy Ostrom Price at 406-751-1820 or visit www.flatheadelectric.com/roundup.