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November/December 2015

BLP Selects Hometown Helping Hand Art Contest Winners


The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power (‘BLP’) concluded their 3rd Annual Hometown Helping Hand Art Contest with their selection of the top ten drawings out of 2,076 student entries. The Art Contest was launched in 2013 in an effort to help raise awareness of the BLP’s Hometown Helping Hand program and how community members can help.
Students attending greater Grand Haven area schools in grades Kindergarten through 4th were invited to create a picture that captures the purpose of the BLP’s Hometown Helping Hand program, which provides assistance to families in need in our community who are struggling or unable to pay their past due electric bills. Hometown Helping Hand provided over $18,700 in assistance during fiscal year 2015 and over $74,000 in assistance since the program’s inception in 2005.
“Hometown Helping Hand raises money to assist families in our community who are struggling to pay their past due electric bills,” stated David Walters, General Manager of the utility. “It’s important to note that 100% of the money raised stays right here in our community, and all of the money raised is distributed through the Salvation Army’s assistance program to local qualifying families who are in need,” added Walters.

To help supplement the program, the Board of Light & Power donates 50% of the
revenues generated by its door tag disconnect notice program. The balance of the Hometown Helping Hand funding is collected through one-time or monthly tax deductible donations from BLP customers or donations from local support programs.

Participating students were competing for a chance to WIN a $100 cash prize in each building. Additionally, one of the top entries is selected as the Art Contest GRAND WINNER, and their drawing will be featured on the Hometown Helping Hand donation form for the next year. Schools were also competing for an opportunity to win money for their school’s art supplies. The Grand Winner’s school was awarded $500 and the school with the highest percentage of participation was awarded $250.

Entries were received from Ferry, Griffin, Lake Hills, Mary A. White, Peach Plains,
Robinson, and Rosy Mound elementary schools; Grand Haven Christian, St. John’s Lutheran, and West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics. This year’s Grand Winner award goes to 4th Grader Lucy Roop from Robinson Elementary. Mary A. White Elementary received the high-est participation award with 97.99% of students submitting an entry in the Hometown Helping Art Contest.



“We congratulate our Art Contest winners and thank all participants for helping the BLP raise awareness of this important program,” stated Renee Molyneux, Administrative Services Manager. “There are many families right here in our community who are struggling to make ends meet and we are hoping to increase this year’s Hometown Helping Hand funding level so we may provide more assistance to qualifying families,” Molyneux added.

Community members who wish to provide a one-time, tax-deductible donation for Hometown Helping Hand may send it to the Board of Light & Power’s 1700 Eaton Drive office or contact BLP customer account representatives at 616-846-6250 for more information. BLP customers may also donate monthly by having an amount added directly to their electric bills.

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