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Dakota Electric Association, along with CoBank, one of its lenders, recently donated $20,000 to three community organizations. Dakota Electric’s $5,000 donation to 360 Communities, $2,500 donation to Dakota Woodlands and $2,500 donation to Hastings Family Services were matched by Cobank through the company’s Sharing Success grant program.

The donation to 360 Communities will help provide assistance to more than 16,000 individuals each year through holistic programming, which includes violence prevention and intervention, school success support and community resources.

The donation to Dakota Woodlands will help provide a pathway to sustainable and independent housing for homeless women and families. Located in Eagan, Dakota Woodlands can assist 22 homeless families at one time by providing a continuum of supportive services. After leaving the shelter, over 92% of the program participants succeed in staying stably housed.

The donation to Hastings Family Services will aid in emergency and supportive services for persons living in and around Hastings. The non-profit provides a wide range of client services including operating a food pantry and thrift store, providing meals on wheels, shelter, transportation and more.

“We are happy to have partnered with Dakota Electric over the last ten years through our Sharing Success program, and to provide such necessary help to quality community organizations in the area,” said John Donner of CoBank.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to double our donation through CoBank’s grant,” said Dakota Electric’s President and CEO Greg Miller.

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360 Communities received a $10,000 check from CoBank and Dakota Electric recently. From L-R: David Jones, Dakota Electric director, Laurie Bolin, 360 Communities director of development; Jeffrey Mortensen, 360 Communities president & CEO; John Donner with CoBank.
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Chris Koop, executive director at Hastings Family Services receives a representative check from Dakota Electric director David Jones (L) and CoBank representative John Donner (R).
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Jennifer Harrison, executive director of Dakota Woodlands, receives a representative check for $5,000 from Dakota Electric director Stacy Miller.