Flathead Electric Cooperative Launches Pulse Project

Co-op working with Red Cross to launch state’s largest blood drive and raise funds for members struggling to pay energy bills

By Emma Epperly
Flathead Electric Cooperative. Beacon File Photo

Flathead Electric Cooperative recently launched the Pulse Project, a campaign to support local energy assistance through Montana’s largest American Red Cross Blood Drive.

The purpose of the Pulse Project is twofold. First, it will provide a needed blood supply to the area through the Red Cross Blood Drive on Sept. 13-14. The goal is to collect at least 150 pints of blood, which would make it the biggest blood drive in Montana history.

Secondly, Flathead Electric needs renewed funds to continue providing energy assistance to Flathead Electric members struggling to pay their energy bills due to temporary financial hardships caused by unexpected life circumstances. The cooperative is collecting financial pledges from businesses and individuals based on the number of pints of blood donated during the drive.

Through the blood drive, donors are supporting not only local hospitals but also those in need locally and across the country. The Red Cross provides approximately 40 percent of donated blood nationwide and each donation can potentially save up to three lives.

The Flathead Electric Co-op serves over 50,000 members in Montana. As a nonprofit, member-owned cooperative, resources are limited, but Flathead Electric still gives back to the community through its energy assistance program.

Assistance is typically given to those experiencing temporary financial burdens like a medical crisis, loss of a loved one or being let go from a job. These members are typically unable to receive traditional low-income assistance, making this support vital.

Members who receive Pulse Project funds get a credit applied to their electric bill to cover their energy costs. All donations from the Pulse Project fundraiser stay within the local community.

The blood drive will take place at the Flathead Electric offices at 2510 U.S. Highway 2 East in Kalispell. To donate, sign up for a donation time on the Pulse Project website. Blood donation lasts about an hour, and approximately a pint of blood is taken. The drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14.

For more information on the Pulse Project and energy assistance program, or to sign up to donate blood, visit www.flatheadelectric.com/community/pulse-project/.

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