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NCE, CoBank award grant to Wilmont FD

WORTHINGTON — Nobles Cooperative Electric (NCE) announces the Wilmont Fire Department as the recipient of this year’s NCE/CoBank “Sharing Success” Grant.

The Wilmont Fire Department has been awarded two checks totaling $10,000 — $5,000 from NCE and $5,000 from CoBank — to help purchase a fire truck.

“Concern for community and cooperation among cooperatives are longstanding cooperative principles,” said Adam Tromblay, NCE’s general manager. “Throughout rural America, cooperatives are working not only to provide value to their members, but to improve the quality of life in their communities.

“We’re delighted to be able to support an area volunteer fire department through CoBank’s grant program. The people that make up these departments volunteer their time to respond to fires and other emergencies requiring volunteer firefighters, and we are proud of the work they do in the rural communities that we mutually serve.”

The annual “Sharing Success” grant opportunity, capped at $10,000, is made possible by NCE in partnership with CoBank, a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural American cooperatives it services, including NCE. This year, CoBank established a $3 million fund to match charitable contributions made by its cooperative members. The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. CoBank states that partnering with their customers to support worthy causes they care about is a great way for them to make a positive difference and fulfill its mission of service to rural America.

“Thanks to our board of directors and CoBank, the “Sharing Success” Grant has enabled NCE to give back to the communities we serve,” Tromblay said.