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Powder River Energy Foundation donates $20,000 to charities

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Powder River Energy Foundation recently donated a total of $20,000 to 18 charitable organizations in the five-county area of northeast Wyoming through its annual holiday giving program.

“The Foundation’s mission is to demonstrate our commitment to individuals and nonprofit or charitable organizations in northeast Wyoming by lending a helping hand that will improve their quality of life or service to their community,” Foundation Executive Director Jeff Bumgarner said in a news release. “People in our communities are experiencing a variety of socioeconomic challenges. The charities that bring relief are also stretched. Our Foundation Board enthusiastically offers its support this Holiday season.”

The foundation’s grants will support charities supporting families in need through holiday season work.

This year’s recipients by county are:

Campbell County:

The Mercantile at Rawhide Elementary, Campbell County Council of Community Services, Campbell County Senior Center home-delivered meals and Gillette Salvation Army

Crook County:

Moorcroft Interfaith Community for food baskets and Hulett Holiday Baskets

Johnson County:

Johnson County Friends Feeding Friends, Kaycee food pantry at All Souls Episcopal Church, Buffalo Bread of Life Food Pantry, and Operation Blue Santa at Buffalo Police Department

Sheridan County:

The Food Group, Inc., Hub on Smith, Sheridan Police Department Cops for Kids, and Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange

Weston County:

Newcastle Ministerial Association Holiday giving, Helping Hands Foundation of Weston County, B.R.E.A.D. food pantry, and Weston County Peace Officers Shop with a Cop

Fundraisers, members’ donations of capital credits and co-op members’ contributions to PRECorp’s Operation RoundUp® program participation helped to provide the donations. Co-op members can round up their monthly bill to the next dollar, resulting in a donation of roughly 50 cents a month for the foundation, which is governed by a board of directors that represents each county in the PRECorp service area. Since 2007, the foundation has helped contribute nearly $2 million in benefits to charitable organizations across PRECorp’s service territory.

PRECorp members can learn more about the foundation or sign up for the Operation RoundUp® program by calling 1-800-442-3630, checking the Operation RoundUp® program box on their monthly billing statements, or visiting www.precorpfoundation.org.