Cook Plant Site Vice President Shane Lies hands over a Heart of Cook Grant Award check to New Life Church Food Pantry volunteers.

Bridgman, Mich., May 31, 2019 “The Heart of Cook” awarded grants to 38 area non-profit organizations totaling over $65,000 at a special grant reception at Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant on May 30. The “Heart of Cook” is a corporate-advised fund held by the Berrien Community Foundation.

“This year, our fund allowed us to give out a few more dollars than we have in the past,” said Cook Site Vice President Shane Lies who was on hand to present awards at the reception. “The need is never ending, and we are pleased that this employee-driven effort is able to provide some additional support for these very important community organizations.”

The 2019 grants supported a wide range of programming with everything from school supplies to fire safety programs to services for people with disabilities. The Heart of Cook focuses on programs that address education, human services and environmental projects and gives priority to programs that involve a Cook Nuclear plant employee.

While the Heart of Cook grant program is administered by the Berrien Community Foundation, a committee comprised of Cook Nuclear Plant employees reviews all of the grant applications and makes decisions. This year, the Heart of Cook committee received and reviewed over 68 grant applications requesting more than $300,000.

Organizations receiving 2019 grants were: 

  • Advancing Christ’s Kingdom Ministries-Michigan City
  • Alano House of Southwest Michigan
  • Bangor Community Fire Department
  • Berrien Community Foundation
  • Berrien Conservation District
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor Michigan
  • Bread of Life Food Pantry
  • Bridgman Fire and Rescue Department
  • Coloma Downtown Development Authority
  • Coloma Youth Baseball/Softball Association
  • Disability Network Southwest Michigan
  • Fairplain Presbyterian Church
  • Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
  • Friends of the Lincoln Township Public Library
  • Gateway, Inc.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Kinexus
  • Lake Michigan Catholic Schools
  • Lakeshore Public Schools
  • Lest We Forget
  • Logan Community Resources, Inc.
  • MyTeam Triumph Southwest Michigan
  • National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, Rebecca Dewey Chapter
  • New Life Church
  • Niles District Library
  • North Central Community Action Agencies
  • Paris' Purse
  • Readiness Center, Inc.
  • Relevant Church
  • River Valley Senior Center
  • Senior Nutrition Services Region IV, Inc.
  • Servants at Work
  • St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
  • SW Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Three Oaks Township Public Library
  • Water Street Glassworks

Grant applications for 2020 will be available in January by contacting the Berrien Community Foundation at www.berriencommunity.org.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

The goal of the Berrien Community Foundation is to connect needs with resources in our community. Working with individuals, corporations and other foundations, BCF creates endowments and other funds that support the ever-changing needs of Berrien County. For more information about BCF and how you can create your own legacy of giving, visit their website at www.BerrienCommunity.org or call (269) 983-3304. 

Cook Nuclear Plant
Bill Downey
Communications Manager

Berrien Community Foundation
Lisa Cripps-Downey
Cook Plant Site Vice President Shane Lies hands over a Heart of Cook Grant Award check to New Life Church Food Pantry volunteers.

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