Eleven area organizations will benefit from the generosity of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative members by receiving an Operation Round Up grant.
The grants committee met in early February to review applications for the co-op’s charitable giving program. He selected applicants to fund from a pool of money that grows as co-op members voluntarily round their bills to the nearest even dollar. SVEC helps with a company contribution.
Below is a list of the latest grant recipients, who will receive a total of $23,975.
Renewal of the houses of Grand Augusta: To perform essential home repairs for a customer living at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
Shenandoah Valley Brain Injury Connections: To benefit from its “Circles of Support” program serving clients, offering a comprehensive package of services to ensure people do not fall through the cracks of the health and behavioral health systems.
Arise: Provide emergency housing funds that provide local homeless people with a safe place to sleep.
Alliance for Community Action page: To provide free swimming lessons at Hawksbill Recreation Park in Stanley and Lake Arrowhead in Luray.
Shenandoah Housing Alliance: Supplement the utility assistance program to mitigate the long-term financial impact of the pandemic on local households.
Over $160,000 in grants have been awarded since Operation Round Up began in 2018. More information is available at www.svec.coop/ORU.
Henry & Williams Evans Children’s Home: To revamp the main living area of the house and one of the master units, improve the ‘living at home’ ambience and help provide a safe and comfortable home for residents and staff.
Highland Pantry: To supplement the emergency financial assistance budget, which covers expenses for utility bills, rental assistance, and other common needs such as gas vouchers.
Literacy volunteers: To expand its established reading program and supplement it with grade-appropriate sets of novels and short stories.
Timber Ridge School: To improve utility efficiency by purchasing three Energy Star certified refrigerators for dormitories.
Wheels for well-being: To provide free door-to-door transportation to medical appointments and treatments for people in the area who have no other means of transportation.
Winchester Area Temporary Heat Shelter: To provide two months of service for a temporary shower and toilet at the current shelter site in downtown Winchester.