Great River Energy has a long history of donating to communities in need across the country when crises arise. This time, the crisis hit closer to home for many employees and their families.
Storefronts along the Minneapolis Lake Street business district—where most businesses and organizations are owned by immigrants and people of color—were vandalized, looted and set ablaze during nights of unrest following George Floyd’s death.
In response, Great River Energy committed to matching employee donations to the Lake Street Council, which is collecting funds to aid the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in the area.
“This is the type of situation where our commitment to communities where we work and live can make a big difference,” said David Ranallo, Great River Energy director of culture, communications, marketing and member services. “We recognize this as an opportunity to help our fellow Minnesotans more easily rebuild, reopen and also heal from the events that unfolded, which have impacted their ability to serve their community.”
Over the course of a couple of weeks, employees contributed $5,455 to the recovery fund with Great River Energy matching that for a total of $10,910 donated. The electric cooperative joins more than 65,000 individuals who have given nearly $9 million to this cause.