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SVEC awards $15,000 to community organizations

10 February 2020 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to local organizations as part of their 2020 Operation Round Up program. The first cycle of funds was distributed to recipients in Winchester and Frederick, Augusta, Page, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties. Funds for Operation Round Up come from the charitable member-owners who choose to round up their monthly bills.

Local recipients for the program are:

  • Family Promise – For H.U.S.H. (Help Us Stabilize Housing), an ongoing project that supports and assists families as they work on becoming stable and self-supportive again.
  • Shenandoah County Health Ministries Coalition – To support funding of the services of Faith Community Nursing, which provides ministry and promotes holistic health to many members of small, rural churches with aging populations.
  • St. John Bosco Outreach Program – To provide financial aid for utilities, rent, medicine, food and lodging. More than 1,000 needy families are in the database.
  • Gore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. – Toward the purchase of a new heart monitor/defibrillator.
  • Highland Food Pantry – To supplement the emergency financial aid budget to provide food and other assistance in need and to engage the community in the fight to end hunger.
  • Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – To enhance the Native American Longhouse of the Eastern Woodlands exhibit, such as adding costumes, pretend food items and a make-believe fire pit.
  • Sinclair Health Clinic – To support and deliver quality health care services to low-income residents.
  • Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter – To help cover medical expenses incurred by volunteer nurses, EMTs and certified nursing assistants who provide basic care.
  • Winchester Education Foundation – Toward the Emil & Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center, which will train and equip youth and adults to meet the demands of the regional job market. It is scheduled to open in 2021.

Applications for the next set of funds are due by June 17 and may be completed online. The funds will be available to any group, organization, charity, or like organization that serves SVEC members. No funds will in any fashion be used to support any candidate for political office or for any political purpose.

Agencies receiving funds are eligible to apply again the following calendar year. Organizations not selected for a grant may apply for funding for a different project in the same calendar year.

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