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Big Bend Electric Cooperative donates to local organizations

Staff Writer | January 13, 2021 1:00 AM

RITZVILLE — Operators of the Big Bend Electric Cooperative recently announced a number of donations to organizations and community service projects through its Caring Neighbors fund.

Big Bend Electric donated $2,600 to the Othello Fair Livestock Association to support FFA and 4-H participants selling livestock at the Othello Fair. The Edith Bishel Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, in Kennewick, received $2,000 to support low-vision treatment clinics, and the Service Peace Warriors, in Eltopia, also received $2,000 to buy collars and vests for dogs helping military veterans.

A $1,000 donation was made to the Ritzville Volunteer Ambulance to help purchase radios, and $1,000 was donated to the Ritzville Downtown Development Association to repair the heating system at the Ritz Theater in Ritzville. The Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools received $500 for the Link Crew program.

The money for the Caring Neighbors fund is donated by the cooperative’s members. Applications for the program are available on the cooperative website,, or by calling 509-659-1700. Applicants must be a municipal entity or have a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service designation to be eligible.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at


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Shanna Larter, executive administrator for the Edith Bishel Center, accepts the donation from Caring Neighbors, the charitable organization for the Big Bend Electric Cooperative.