Pioneer Electric believes in helping our members build better, stronger communities that will thrive for generations to come. Through programs like Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) we are able to make a direct impact on our communities that help us all continue to grow.
In January, Pioneer Electric provided community-centered projects with grant funds totaling $26,500. The projects ranged from putting new roofs on buildings used for community events like Bingo to purchasing a skating bike.
“World-class service doesn’t end at our drive-up window,” said Anita Wendt, vice president of energy services. “Part of serving our members, is serving our communities. We don’t just work in these communities, we live in them too and we want them to continue to grow and have success.”
Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. program is funded through the recycling of materials like steel, aluminum, or copper. As funds become available, Pioneer Electric seeks out projects within its service territory focused on impacting and improving communities. For more information regarding the H.U.G.S. program and information regarding applications, visit our website at pioneerelectric.coop.
American Legion Post #79 — $9,000
Pioneer Electric granted the American Legion Post #79 with $9,000 in funds courtesy of its H.U.G.S. program to help cover the costs of replacing its roof.
The Grant County American Legion is a resource for veteran’s within its community. It serves as a system of support for families, and provides burial rights for veterans. Its members also make themselves available to the community for any civic efforts. The Legion’s main source of fundraising came from its weekly Bingo nights held in its building.
“The roof repair will help us continue our Bingo fundraising events which are our main source of funding,” said Kyle Stringham, American Legion member. “It will also help us maintain a patriotic presence in the community.”
Stevens Co. 4-H Council — $9,000
The Stevens County 4-H Council, a committee of youth representatives, received a grant totaling $9,000 courtesy of the H.U.G.S. program. The funds will be used to repair the roof of the Stevens County 4-H building.
“The goal of this project is to stop the damage occurring to the building due to the leaks,” said Ron Honig, Wild West District Extension Agent. “Now that we are back to allowing 4-H groups to use the building, we are seeking funds to fix the issues in the building.”
The council hopes to renovate the bathrooms, doors and flooring in the future as well.
Rolla Skating Rink — $2,000
The Rolla skating rink welcomes visitors from southwest Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado to its facilities. It offers a fun and inclusive environment, even to non-traditional skaters.
“The sheer joy of the kids being able to participate in this activity is truly immeasurable,” said Wendt. “Those kids come to the rink and enjoy watching the kids, but they would prefer to be out there skating with the others.”
The Rolla Recreation Commission received $2,000 to assist in purchasing a skating bike, allowing two local students to partake in skating in a safe and fun way.