Cherryland Cares Awards $9,000 To Three Nonprofits

At their second quarter board meeting, the Cherryland Cares board awarded grants to three local, nonprofit organizations: Benzie County Baby Pantry, Camp Quality Michigan, and Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. These grants will go towards supplies for a family pantry, camp scholarships for children fighting cancer, and sexual abuse prevention education in the local school athletic community.

Cherryland Cares awarded $9,000 to these nonprofits. In 2019, Cherryland Cares has awarded a total of $24,000 in grants to area nonprofits.

The Cherryland Cares board is comprised of five volunteer Cherryland members. The funds distributed by Cherryland Cares are a result of members electing to round up their monthly bills to the nearest dollar. Members can contribute to the Cherryland Cares fund by calling 231-486-9200, signing up through SmartHub, or emailing us at

If you are an area nonprofit agency seeking financial help, third-quarter grant applications are due Friday, Sept. 6. For more information, please call Shannon Mattson at 231-486-9234 or email at

Cherryland Assists Greilick Outdoor Center For Day Of Caring

Cherryland will be assisting the Greilick Outdoor Recreation & Education Center as part of United Way’s Day of Caring 2019. The one-day event matches local businesses with local nonprofit agencies and schools to complete meaningful projects that fulfill agency and community needs. This year’s Day of Caring takes place on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Board Adjusts September Board Meeting Start Time, Votes To Expand Member Input Sessions

At their July board meeting, the Cherryland Board of Directors opted to push back their September board meeting start time to 11 a.m.

They also voted to expand the member input sessions during board meetings from quarterly to monthly. The next opportunity to provide direct input to the board is on Monday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at the cooperative office in Grawn. Members are asked to come to the lobby and request to speak to the board. Members are asked to keep their comments to five minutes. Attendance at the board meeting is allowed for the public input portion of the meeting only.

Co-op Connections Card Benefits To Expire January 1

As of January 1, 2020, Cherryland members will no longer be able to use the Touchstone Energy Co-op Connections Card to receive discounts on products and services from participating businesses, including pharmacies. Contact your local pharmacy for information about possible discounts and reward programs.