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SCOTT CITY–We are excited to announce that the winner of Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc.’s Giving Goodness Charity Challenge is Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer in Barton County.

The non-profit organization based in Hoisington assists children who are living with cancer and is the recipient of a $1,000 Sharing Success grant. The organization was championed by Wheatland Electric’s cooperative membership and Facebook fans and followers through multiple rounds of online voting during the Giving Goodness contest held entirely on social media from Oct. 25 through Nov. 12, 2021.

In addition, three other Giving Goodness finalists in our online contest also received Sharing Success grants. They include Finney County United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which received a $500 grant; Hamilton County VIP Senior Center, located in Syracuse, which received a $250 grant; and the Grow and Learn Childcare Center, located in Leoti, which also received $250 in Sharing Success funds.

To engage our membership and promote two of our cooperative principles (democratic member control and concern for community), we turned the decision-making power over to our membership in this grant selection process. Throughout the contest, our co-op members and followers were encouraged to nominate and vote for a deserving non-profit or charitable organization within our service territory and rally friends and family to do the same.

Now, more than ever during this holiday season, we recognize the importance of helping one another, giving thanks, and paying it forward. That’s because cooperatives like us are governed by core principles, including democratic member control and concern for community. The first endorses active member participation in the future and direction of our cooperative. And the second promotes our work for the sustainable development of our communities through policies supported by our membership.

We want to thank all our members who helped us share the “GOODNESS” during this “GIVING” season and helped us select our Sharing Success grant recipients.

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Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer, based in Hoisington and serving Barton, Pawnee, Rice and Russell counties, was championed by fans and followers on Wheatland’s Facebook page to win a $1,000 Sharing Success grant during our Giving Goodness Charity Challenge. Pictured here are Mary Hoisington, member services and key accounts manager at Wheatland (left), who is presenting a check to Christy Herber, executive director for Kans for Kids.
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Deborah Oyler, executive director of the Finney County United Way (left), accepts a $500 Sharing Success grant from Sara McClure, manager of member services and key accounts at Wheatland. The United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides free monthly books to children ages 0-5 in Finney County and was the runner-up in our Giving Goodness Charity Challenge.
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Jenny Long, treasurer of the Grow and Learn Child Center (right) in Leoti, accepts a $250 Sharing Success grant from Alli Conine, manager of member services and corporate communications at Wheatland. The childcare center is expected to open in early 2022 and will full much-needed childcare services in the Wichita County community.
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Alli Conine, manager of member services and corporate communications at Wheatland (far left), presents a check to La Jeana Smith (center) and Theresa Derbyshire, (second from right), representatives of the Hamilton County VIP Senior Center in Syracuse. The center provides meals and activities for seniors of any age and was one of four finalists in Wheatland’s Giving Goodness Charity Challenge on Facebook. Also pictured is Stacey Addison-Howland, a Wheatland trustee (far right).

About Sharing Success

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from non-profit organizations on December 1, 2012. Since that time, more than $100,000 in grants have been awarded across Wheatland’s service territory. This year, Wheatland Electric and CoBank have each contributed $10,000 toward this fund. The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted. Non-profit groups interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund should contact Alli Conine, Manager of Member Services & Corporate Communications, at 620-874-4563 or aconine@weci.net.