Apex Clean Energy has awarded $5,000 in its first round of Community Grant Program funds in Piatt County. These funds support areas related to community development, the environment, education, and health and recreation. This round of grantees includes the Piatt County Mental Health Center (PCMHC), Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL), A Small Hand, and Willow Tree Missions.

CAPCIL received $2,000 grant, while $1,000 ones were awarded to the other three recipients.

Willow Tree Missions provides victims of domestic abuse temporary shelter, advocacy, legal assistance, and counseling. Rachel Lejeune, director of operations, thanked Apex for the donation, saying, “Willow Tree recently secured a new, more accessible space to house our business office, where one-on-one counseling and trainings are held. These funds will allow us to immediately update and move into a space that will better suit our growing needs and the victims of domestic violence whom we serve.”

Piatt County Mental Health Center, which provided services for over 550 unique clients last year, received funds to provide continuing education materials for the center’s outpatient counselors. Tony Kirkman, executive director, said: “Providing these continuing education units for our therapists will help PCMHC retain a strong staff and give our counseling clients access to the continuum of care they deserve. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our clients and the community, and we appreciate Goose Creek Wind’s support of that mission.”

Also receiving funding was Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL), which assists low-income individuals in escaping poverty through classes in job training, financial literacy, and money management. “CAPCIL’s Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) helps support families as they transition into the workforce with support services like child care, and offers scholarships to those who have completed SWFI classes to complete GEDs and/or technical or certificate training,” said Breann Titus, agency development director. “The grant from Goose Creek will be used to cover class materials and resources for participants, helping lift people with low income toward financial independence.”

With these grants, Goose Creek Wind closes its first round of quarterly grant donations. One of Goose Creek Wind’s primary goals is to be a strong community partner and establish long-term relationships with local residents.

The Community Grant Program is one way that we can contribute to pressing community needs, help enrich lives, and make a meaningful impact at the local level. Apex Clean Energy awards these grants through its Community Grant Program on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in applying for future rounds of funding, please visit www.goosecreekwind.com/grant.# # #About Apex Clean Energy Apex Clean Energy develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America. Our mission-driven team of more than 200 renewable energy experts uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers.

For more information on how Apex is leading the transition to a clean energy future, visit apexcleanenergy.com.Media ContactMax Jabrixio, Public Engagement Manager (612) 568-8527 max.jabrixio@apexcleanenergy.com