MATCHING FUND DONATIONS FOR 2017
SOUTHEAST ELECTRIC MAKES LOCAL DONATIONS WITH HELP FROM MATCHING FUNDS!
Positive Choices is a non-profit organization that brings guest speakers to Baker, Montana to speak to students about making positive choices. Positive Choices reaches students in Baker, Ekalaka, Wibaux, Plevna, MT and Marmarth, ND. Topics have included drug & alcohol awareness, bullying awareness, gaming awareness, texting & driving, internet safety, and tips on how to be financially responsible. The program began over 20 years ago when there were Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Prevention grants available to schools but more recently has been funded by donations. In 2017 Positive Choices invited Kevin Honeycutt, a technology integrational and a staff developer from Central Kansas, to speak to students, teachers, and parents. He spoke about Cyberbullying and leaving a Digital Legacy. He shared stories, tools and ideas to help students make great choices that can lead to their success.
Southeast Electric Cooperative donated $1,000.00 to help fund this program. With the help of Co-Bank and Basin Electric Power Cooperative matching funds, the program will receive a total of $3,000.00. We feel that a donation to Positive Choices is a donation toward our future.
Southeast Electric also help fund 2 computers for the Ekalaka Ambulance. The Ekalaka Ambulance service is staffed by 11 Volunteer EMT’S. Two EMT’s are on-call per shift which runs from 6 AM to 6 PM every day of the year. The ambulance service area is approximately 3300 square miles. They respond to calls 15 miles north of Ekalaka to the Wyoming border south of Ekalaka. The ambulance service takes patients to Baker, Miles City, Billings, Bowman, Spearfish, Sturgis, and Rapid City. The average number of calls per year is 75 to 100. They consist of both medical and trauma. To keep the ambulance licensed with the state, the ambulance must submit E-reports to the Montana Emergency Care Systems in Helena. This requires computers in each ambulance. When the Ambulance needs special equipment, fundraising efforts begin and this time Southeast Electric Cooperative, with the help of matching funds, answered the call.
Southeast Electric was happy to deliver a check in the amount of $5992.00, which included matching funds from Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Co-Bank, to the Ekalaka Ambulance. This check covered the total cost of the computers needed. We are proud to be able to support our local EMS volunteers.