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Arvig donates to Empowering Kids Perham and St. Henry's

Staci Malikowski, Chief Financial Officer at Arvig, presented a check for $2,000 from Arvig to Empowering Kids of Perham (EKP). Courtesy photo.1 / 2
Stephanie Vickmark, Plants Record Administrator at Arvig, presented a check for $2,500 from Arvig to St. Henry’s Area School. Courtesy photo.2 / 2

Staci Malikowski, Chief Financial Officer at Arvig, presented a check for $2,000 from Arvig to Empowering Kids of Perham (EKP) and Stephanie Vickmark, Plants Record Administrator at Arvig, presented a check for $2,500 from Arvig to St. Henry's Area School earlier this summer.

Each donation was doubled via matching funds from Arvig's lender, CoBank, through its "Sharing Success" charitable program, bringing the total of donated funds to $9,000. At Empowering Kids of Perham, the money will be used to offer scholarships to families who cannot afford the programming fees. At St. Henry's Area School, the money will help update their technology to better serve their students and parents.

Both organizations are causes Arvig employees are passionate about. "Empowering Kids is a new program and the only resource between Minneapolis and Fargo for autism programming. As a startup, the financial hurdles are considerable." Malikowski said. "Autistic kids have so many talents. The challenge is identifying those talents and providing a platform for those kids to excel. When we succeed at this, our local economy benefits from highly productive, dedicated, passionate employees who may otherwise be sitting at home."

"I am a member of St. Henry's Parish, my children are the third generation to attend this school and I am also on the School Board," Vickmark said. "St. Henry's Area School provides a great foundation for kids in our community to build their life on."

"Our employees are our eyes and ears in the towns we serve," said David Arivg, Chief Operating Officer at Arvig. "Without their active involvement in programs like Empowering Kids and St. Henry's Area School we wouldn't know about the opportunities available to make good things like this CoBank Grant happen to make a difference in their local communities."

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