Twin Lakes celebrates with Baxter Fire Department, JCMS on Foundation for Rural Service Grant award

Twin Lakes celebrates Baxter Fire Department receiving $5,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera to provide firefighters with the ability to see objects and people in the dark and smoke-filled environments.
Twin Lakes celebrates JCMS receiving award .

GAINESBORO – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has announced the recipients of 23 grants totaling $104,000 to advance the quality of life and enable economic development in communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

Twin Lakes announces Baxter Fire Department and Jackson County Middle School as two of these grant recipients. Baxter Fire Department received $5,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera to provide firefighters with the ability to see objects and people in the dark and smoke-filled environments. Jackson County Middle School received $4,900 to purchase iPads, Apple Pencils and a 360-degree camera to provide better instruction and access for virtual students.

“Especially during the ongoing pandemic, the work or projects these grant recipients are going to accomplish will make a significant impact in their communities,” said FRS Executive Director Pam Becker. “It is more important than ever before to expand telemedicine options and ensure that students have access to technology. We are grateful for all our recipients’ hard work, the NTCA members that endorsed them and continue to help their communities, and to our grant sponsor Womble Bond Dickinson.” 

For a complete list of awardees, click here.

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in rural America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Through scholarships, grants and a variety of educational programs, FRS focuses on educating rural youth, encouraging community development and introducing policymakers to challenges unique to rural communities. Visit us at

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. In an era of transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development, e-commerce, health care, agriculture and education, and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy each year. Visit us at

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