RUPERT — The PMT Foundation awarded over $14,000 to organizations in the Magic Valley, each seeking to help sustain and improve communities.

“It’s our privilege to award grants to local organizations,” said Alan Johnson, PMT Foundation chairman. “This year we saw a great need for physical improvements to pillar institutions in our community so they can continue to serve their patrons and citizens across the Valley. The PMT Foundation is happy to contribute money to these organizations to further their good works in the Magic Valley.”

As a customer-owned cooperative, Project Mutual Telephone (PMT) pays patronage dividends back to customers every year based on services used. When those monies go unclaimed for a number of years, they are transferred over to the PMT Foundation, which focuses on furthering education through a scholarship program and supporting community projects through grant awards. PMT grant applications are awarded once a year and will become available again in the summer of 2018.

Recipients:

Oakley Valley Arts Council—$3,625 to repair interior wall and ceiling damage on the historic Howell’s Opera House.

Mini-Cassia Shelter—$2,645 to replace original flooring in the shelter where victims of domestic violence can stay and receive assistance to keep them safe.

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Minidoka County Senior Center—$4,000 for the purchase of a new fire system to keep the kitchen that prepares the Meals on Wheels program in compliance and operational.

Walker Center for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse—$3,500 to make physical improvements and increase the effectiveness of their Ropes Challenge Course that clients and their families use as part of their recovery. Improvements include installing drinking fountains, irrigation lines, shelter and shade

Minidoka Soil & Water Conservation District—$300 to make and distribute pollinator seed packets to be given away to area citizens. The goal of the packets is to help residents see the benefit of good insects and help pollinators which are in decline nationwide, by providing a habitat and value to their usefulness.

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