ROCKINGHAM – In its latest round of giving, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Committee awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations in late August.
In total, this year’s giving has now surpassed $30,000.
“We were ecstatic to receive word that our organization was selected for a grant,” said Sherry Rawls-Bryce, chair of the Board of Directors for Families Reaching Out Group, a grant recipient in Winchester. “Without the support of the community, our calls to help children in need would go unanswered. SVEC and all of their members should be applauded for recognizing the importance of offering a program like Operation Round Up. The impact is beyond words.”
Operation Round Up is the cooperative’s charitable giving program that addresses crucial needs within our service territory. Members voluntarily round up their monthly bills to the next even dollar, with funds accumulating in a pool of grant money. A committee of nine members and one SVEC employee then reviews grant applications from area organizations and selects recipients.
The committee met on August 21 to select recipients and then held check presentations over the last two weeks. Organizations awarded grants were:
- Families Reaching Out Group, FROG (Winchester) – To purchase new underwear to help children in need through its predominant program, Froggy’s Closet, a store in downtown Winchester.
- Hope Distributed (Rockingham) - To purchase food and maintain vehicles that pick up food for the organization’s food pantry.
- Elkton Area United Services (Rockingham) – To direct financial aid of clients through the emergency assistance program, including housing, electric, fuel, water and medication needs.
- S.G. Stewart Middle School FFA (Augusta) – To create a “school farm” by building a small, dual-purpose barn and greenhouse that will show about 250 middle school students how their food is grown or produced.
- Choices of Page County – To help complete a rehabilitation project for parts of its emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic and/or sexual violence.
- Page Alliance for Community Action – To help establish and promote the “Hidden in Plain Sight” program, which aims to educate parents and caregivers of the common indicators of unhealthy behavior in their child’s room.
- Faith in Action (Winchester) – To pay for expenses related to providing free, door-to-door transportation for medical appointments and treatments.
- Elegius Mini Equine Sanctuary (Highland) – To expand its ability to offer employment opportunities to people with disabilities and young people who have difficulty finding work in the rural community.
Operation Round Up launched in the fall of 2017. To date, more than $54,000 in contributions have been made. Additional information, including the methods in which people can contribute to the program, is available at www.svec.coop/ORU.
The next grant cycle is expected to be in January 2020.
Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves approximately 98,000 meters in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren and the city of Winchester in Virginia. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. SVEC supports our armed services and veterans in employment opportunities.