Western Cooperative Electric’s Sharing Success Fund, partnered with CoBank, has awarded a $2,000 grant to American Legion Post 301 located at 235 Main Street, Grainfield, KS.
This grant will go towards replacing the 43-year old Legion building’s front doors that are no longer able to seal properly.
Post Commander Don Hartman, “The doors have been adjusted several times over the years, but there are no adjustments left to be made. Depending on the time of the year, we find dust, snow, or grain chaff getting through the doors and ending up in our entrance.”
By replacing the doors, the Legion building will continue to serve as a community-building for weddings, graduation receptions, birthday parties, monthly Legion stags, and many more events.
Unfortunately, with COVID-19 limiting public assemblies, the Legion has not raised money by renting out their building for social gatherings.
“We are unable to host monthly stags, rent the building out, and cancellations for events have been made months ahead of schedule. By replacing the doors, our monthly utility bills will be lowered, and that will help with the lack of revenue,” said Hartman.
Volunteer members will donate the labor costs by removing the old doors and installing the new ones.
Western Cooperative’s Member Services Manager Nolan Numrich, “Partnering with CoBank to establish the Sharing Success program has been a great benefit for our members and the communities we serve. This year, in particular, with the current economic situation and the lack of fundraising opportunities, it has been important to give back to our communities.”
Since 2013, the Sharing Success fund has donated $66,000 to local non-profit organizations. The next application period will run from April 1 to June 1, 2021. For questions regarding any of Western’s member programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org