Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist their community, nonprofit organizations and individuals by voluntarily rounding up their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the PIE&G Communities First Fund also provide funds for grants and scholarships in communities within the co-op’s area.

At their September meeting, the Communities First board awarded a combined $11,115 in grants to: Lewiston Community Sharing (food pantry needs); Hillman Community Radio (equipment to support community programming & student broadcasting training); Onaway Area Community Schools (student editing station for the video broadcasting program); Presque Isle County District Health Department No. 4 (support for “Girls on the Run Sunrise Side” after-school program); and Metz Township (park playground equipment).

For the year 2014, the PIE&G Communities First Fund has awarded $60,562 in grants.

Photo: The PIE&G Communities First Fund provides opportunities for its local communities, such as educational field trips to MSU’s Vet-A-Visit day at the College of Veterinary Medicine.