A Cherryland on Top

The Michigan-based electrical co-op makes a strong donation to H4H

Northern Michigan and Wisconsin electrical distributor Cherryland Electric announced it plans to donate $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity to start a “home repair program”. The donation is being executed through Cherryland’s co-op, a non-for-profit organization.

Founded in 1938 in Grand Traverse, Mich., Cherryland has a pretty cool story (see video above). It was started by three outdoorsmen and has mastered the difficult task of serving an area that spans across the Great Lakes. It is also a progressive utility both through its nonprofit mandate and its initiatives for renewable energy and, most recently, electric vehicles. The company started a campaign in 2019 offering to partially pay for customers who transition to EVs.

Local podcast Up North Live spoke with Habitat for Humanity’s executive director, Wendy Irvin, and project manager, Nathan Kalchik to discuss the partnership.

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