Saturday , 18 September 2021

MCS Net looking to give more to community groups

More applicants are needed for MCS Net’s Community Investment Program, according to marketing coordinator Rhonda LaFrance.

“We’ve only given out about $10,000 this year so far” said LaFrance, noting the company budgets $120,000 annually for donations, sponsorships, and partnerships with community groups.

“A lot of the money that we have traditionally given in the past was to help with events and things like that, and none of that happened this summer,” said LaFrance.

She said the company wants to focus funding on local projects with ties to agriculture, youth, and technology “but there’s some miscellaneous funds as well if there’s an emergency somewhere.”

In previous years, she said MCS Net has been able to support an after school coding club in partnership with St. Paul Education, the Bold Centre in Lac La Biche, and the CAP Arena in St. Paul, as well as agricultural societies.

“We’re a part of these communities, we care about them. We want to see these groups and not for profits succeed. As long as it’s a reasonable request and they’re not relying on us for their entire budget then fill out an application, contact me, and we’ll see what we can do to help,” said LaFrance.

More information about the Community Investment Program can be found on the MCS Net website.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.