Great River Gives: Nonprofit drives off with donation

The McLean Family Resource Center (MFRC) requested a concrete donation from Great River Energy last year but drove off with much more.

With a small nonprofit budget, purchasing a fleet vehicle for themselves was out of reach – or so they thought. When Al Christianson, director of business development and governmental affairs, noticed the need, he investigated donating a vehicle that was planned to be removed from Great River Energy’s fleet. A 2010 Chevy Equinox was identified and donated to the center.

Vehicle donation

Al Christianson, director of business development and government affairs (left), and John Bauer, director of North Dakota generation (second from left), presented the 2010 Chevy Equinox to the McLean Family Resource Center.

“We never thought in our wildest dreams we could have our own vehicle,” said Jenell Olson, director of MFRC. “It would have never been possible without the support of Great River Energy.”

The donated vehicle will be used to travel across the county to conduct outreach programs to youth, provide victim witness services and help those dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault. MFRC employees and volunteers currently drive thousands of miles using their personal vehicles to provide these services.

“The decision to give the vehicle to the McLean Family Resource Center will help the organization to help others,” said John Bauer, director of North Dakota generation for Great River Energy. “Through our cooperative principles, supporting the communities where we operate and where our employees live is an important part of the way we do business.”

“We continue to support the McLean County Resource Center’s mission and work throughout the county. The staff puts on many miles serving those in need and the car should provide a safe and reliable means to do that,” Christianson added.

The vehicle, loaded with nonperishable food, was donated to the center Jan. 9.