The Victory Electric Cooperative, Assn., Inc., is pleased to announce the Ingalls Recreation Commission as the recipient of this year’s Victory Electric/CoBank Sharing Success grant. The Ingalls Recreation Commission was awarded two checks totaling $15,000 – $7,500 from Victory Electric and $7,500 from CoBank – for repairs and upgrades to the Ingalls community swimming pool.
The Ingalls swimming pool is older, in need of expensive repairs, and requires extensive work on the lining of the pool. This affects the number of days the pool is open to the community.
“There are pools in nearby larger towns, but the problem is they all have fees and require transportation to get to,” said Leonard Rodenbur, president of the recreation commission. “The Ingalls pool is free and offers accessibility to the members of our community. This grant will ensure the availability of the pool and easy access to summer fun for our local kids.”
The grant will assist them in repairing the pool and extending the life of the pool for another 5-8 years until further plans can be implemented for more dramatic repairs.
“Victory Electric appreciates the hard work and dedication of the recreation commission,” said Kenny Wehkamp, Victory Electric board member. “The CoBank Sharing Success Grant is a great program that allow Victory Electric to match grants from CoBank and give back to the communities the cooperative serves.”
The annual “Sharing Success” grant opportunity, capped at $15,000, is made possible by Victory Electric’s governing board of trustees, in partnership with CoBank – a cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers. CoBank’s $4 million Sharing Success fund matches charitable contributions made by its cooperative members to local nonprofits in their individual communities. The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. CoBank states that collaborating with their customers to support worthy causes they care about is a great way for them to make a positive difference and fulfill its mission of service to rural America. Since its inception in 2012, the program has generated more than $36 million in total charitable donations, primarily in rural areas across the country. In early 2019, CoBank announced the board of directors increased the size of the annual Sharing Success charitable giving program from $3 million to $4 million per year and raised the maximum matching amount from $5,000 ($10,000 total grant) to $7,500 ($15,000 total grant).
“Thanks to our board of trustees and CoBank, the ‘Sharing Success’ Grant has enabled Victory Electric make an impact to give back to the communities we serve,” said Shane Laws, Victory Electric CEO.
2019 is the eighth year Victory Electric has awarded “Sharing Success” grants to local non-profits. Applicants must be federally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The Bucklin Library received a $10,000 grant in 2012 to help fund the construction of their new library building. In 2013, the Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Dodge City was awarded $10,000. The grant funded the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma for the 2014 “Suits in Space” Smithsonian exhibit. In 2015, local shelter and food bank, the Manna House, was awarded the grant to repair and improve their facilities. The Depot Theater upgraded their theater sound system in 2016. In 2017, the Ford Country Historical Society made repairs to preserve the history in the Home of Stone - Mueller Schmidt House. In 2018 the Ford County Sheriff’s Office received $10,000 for security upgrades.
For more information on the Victory/CoBank Sharing Success Grant or how your organization can apply, visit our website at victoryelectric.net.
The Victory Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc., a member-owned electric distribution cooperative, is headquartered in Dodge City and serves all or parts of nine counties in southwest Kansas. Victory Electric was organized in 1945 to serve primarily farm residential services. Through the years, Victory has expanded to a broad consumer base of diversified loads ranging from industrial, commercial and irrigation loads with more than 3,100 miles of transmission and distribution line. For more information visit Victory Electric’s website at victoryelectric.net or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages.