Invested in the Community

NLI has been a partner of the Inland Northwest Blood Bank—now called Vitalant—for more than 25 years.
The cooperative hosts blood drives twice a year and is proud of the frequent employee donors.

By Elissa Glassman

Northern Lights Inc. is proud to support the communities it serves. During the past year, NLI contributed to the following community groups and organizations through the NLI Donation Committee and the Community Trust.

The Donation Committee regularly reviews requests and donations from a variety of community groups, including:

  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Angels Over Sandpoint Back-to-School Backpack Program
  • Junior Achievement of North Idaho
  • Sandpoint area Seniors Meals on Wheels
  • High school grad nights
  • Bonner County Soil and Water Conservation watershed program
  • Community Cancer Services
  • Distinguished Young Women
  • Priest Lake Community Education
  • Sanders County Community Housing
  • Idaho Panhandle Habitat for Humanity
  • Jacey’s Race
  • Sandpoint Lions Club Foundation
  • Panhandle Alliance for Education
  • Idaho State Forestry contest
  • Bonner County 4-H market committee
  • American Legion baseball
  • Lake Pend Oreille fishing club
  • Operation Second Chance Idaho
  • Montana Lineman’s Rodeo
  • American Heritage Wildlife Foundation
  • Panhandle Animal Shelter
  • Bonner County History Museum
  • Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival
  • Noxon Kids Fishing Day
  • Noxon School Booster Club
  • Spartans (Priest River Booster Club)
  • Bonner County Leadership 4-H scholarship program
  • Panhandle Autism Society
  • Priest River Animal Rescue
  • Thompson Falls Robotics Club
  • Noxon Public Schools
  • Troy Public Schools
  • Pend Oreille Arts Council
  • Sandpoint Little League
  • Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums of Northern Idaho
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Kinderhaven shelter
  • Local area food banks
  • Volunteer fire departments

Northern Lights continues to sponsor Inland Northwest Blood Center drives (now called Vitalant) every year for the Sandpoint/Sagle area.

This past year, the NLI Board of Directors awarded eight $1,500 educational and vocational scholarships to graduating high school seniors and undergraduates.

NLI is dedicated to the power of partnership, giving back to the communities we serve. It is our commitment to provide even more than electricity to our members.

NLI Community Trust

NLI’s Community Trust oversees the funds generated from Operation Round-up, which allows NLI members to make a tax-deductible donation by rounding their bill to the next dollar. The seven NLI members appointed to the Trust determine how to allocate the funds. Currently, funds are provided to food banks and senior centers in our service territory.