SVEC awards $26,000 in grants to local organizations

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative awarded $26,000 in grants to a dozen organizations around the region from their Operation Round Up program.

Co-op members generously donate to round up on their monthly bills for charitable causes like feeding the area’s hungry, expanding access to the arts, clothing for children, and more.

The charities are selected after a grant application process that is reviewed by the Operation Round Up Committee three times a year.

The local June recipients included Page One, Valley Educational Center for Creative Arts, Families Reaching Our Group, Love to NIC, and the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter.

The final batch of grants will be distributed in the Fall and the grant deadline for applicable organizations will be Tuesday, October 1st.

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News Maker Mike Ashby on WATTS of Winchester

The Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter (WATTS) has a fundraiser Sat. Nov. 5 at Kernstown Battlefield.

WATTS provides temporary shelter to the homeless in the Winchester area.

We spoke with WATTS Vice President Mike Ashby about a fundraiser in our latest news maker.

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Mike tells us that WATTS is the recipient of the funds from the Half Marathon Relay at Kernstown Battlefield and how to register here.

He also tells us that the official opening of the shelter takes place Nov. 5 as well.

Mike also tells us that what was Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter is now Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter and why.

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WATTS cooling center opens doors

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Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter opened a cooling center at the Market Street United Methodist Church.

The shelter will be open from noon to 5 pm, Monday- Saturday as well as this Sunday based on the forecast.

Donations of refreshing drinks like water, vitamin water and Gatorade for the guest will be graciously accepted.

Should an area emergency occur during the heat like a power outage your local sheriff’s offices will post shelter locations on social media pages.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is accepting applications for cooling assistance through August 15 at your local Social Services office.

The Department of Health reminds residents to seek shelter and shade whenever you can.

If you are working outdoors, hydration is essential with at least 2 to 4 glasses of water recommended every hour.

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SVEC awards grants

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Ten grants totaling over $11,000 have been awarded by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) in their operation round up.

Regional recipients include but not limited to Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester Little Theatre and Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter.

Page One food pantry which helps provide essential services in Page County also received a grant.

Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries also received funds for their toddler and infant pantry in Shenandoah County.

SVEC members are invited to round up to the next dollar on their bills to fund the operation.

You can find out more about the operation round up at

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