A Marshall County REMC employee is making an effort to help those less fortunate through a partnership with the Marshall County Neighborhood Center and the Rural Electrical Leaders in Training Education program. Doug MacLain, journeyman lineman for MCREMC, said RELITE aims to encourage electric cooperative employees to improve their leadership qualities and provide services to their community.
MacLain said he was recommended to the RELITE program by MCREMC CEO Mark Bateman, and since he had done work previously with the Neighborhood Center through Crossroads Church, he felt it was the perfect chance to do something to benefit the Neighborhood Center. The Neighborhood Center is in need of a number of food items for the summer, when demand increases but supplies tend to dwindle.
For that reason, MacLain said they are looking for donations of food items to go directly to the Neighborhood Center to provide less fortunate families with the items they need to survive.
“They feed over 300 families in there, and so that doesn’t stop, the demand seems to be increasing. But we are going until Oct. 8, but the demand for it is still going to continue,” MacLain said.
The Neighborhood Center is in need of items such as peanut butter, tuna, cold or hot cereals, canned goods – like fruits, veggies, soups and beans – rice, and boxed meals. Spaghetti sauce and pasta are also sought by the center. MacLain explained there are a number of incentives for MCREMC employees and customers alike to participate in the program.
“For the customers, everybody that brings in the specified food items, they’re giving a CFL light bulb – it’s an energy conservation-type of light bulb. And then for the employees, as they bring food items in, each one gets put in a drawing and they have a special incentive program for them at the end. Whoever brings the most in, qualifies for a $25 gift certificate internally,” explained MacLain.
MCREMC will accept donations through Oct. 8 at their office, 11299 12th Road in Plymouth. For more information, call (574) 936-3161.