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Touchstone Energy Community Award

Village of Hope Homeless Shelter for families, accepting award is executive director Sandy Hennum and advocate Jamie Cronemiller

Village of Hope Named Beltrami Electric's 2019 Touchstone Energy Community Award Winner.

Beltrami Electric Cooperative has selected Village of Hope as the winner of the local 2019 Touchstone Energy® Community Award from a pool of excellent and worthy nominations. The award recognizes Village of Hope for showing a strong commitment to our community, and comes with a $500 cash award and an engraved Touchstone Energy® Community Award plaque.  Village of Hope was nominated by Riki Scheela of Bemidji.

Village of Hope is a non-profit organization which provides a 24-hour emergency shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. The organization focuses on three outcomes: breaking the cycle of homelessness, acquisition of housing, and family stability. 

For members wishing to learn more about Village of Hope, visit their website at or find them on Facebook at Village of Hope Ours to Service House of Hospitality.

The Village of Hope application will be submitted for consideration to the statewide Minnesota Touchstone Energy® Community Award committee. The statewide award recipient will be selected from numerous local award winners throughout Minnesota and the overall winner will receive $1,000 toward a community cause of choice. It will be presented in February 2020 during the Minnesota Rural Electric Association’s annual meeting in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Touchstone Energy® cooperatives are part of a national alliance of more than 750 electric cooperatives in 46 states that adhere to the values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

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Past year's winners

2004 - Blackduck Tri Sigma General Federated Women's Club
2005 - Bemidji Area Task Force on Underage Drinking, Drugs and Gang Activity
2006 - Healthy Community Healthy Kids
2007 - The Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass & Hubbard Counties
2008 - The Radiothon to End Child Abuse
2009 - Northwoods Garden Club of the Bemidji Area
2010 - Bemidji Skate and Bike Association
2011 - Kelliher Resource Center Committee
2012 - Bemidji Area Take a Kid Fishing*
2013 - Blackduck Area Toys for Kids
2014 - Bemidji Area Reading Canine's (BARC)*
2015 - Jack Pine Stables
2016 - Northland Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol
2017 - Bemidji Area Cross Country Ski Club
2018 - Ruby's Pantry of Bemidji

*Awarded statewide award   

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