Page Free Clinic, Hawksbill Greenway Foundation recipients of SVEC’s Operation Round Up

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~ Press release issued by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative

ROCKINGHAM — Operation Round Up, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s charitable-giving program, will support 10 area nonprofits in the final giving cycle of 2023.

A grant selection committee met Oct. 18 and awarded $16,000 overall to the recipients, as described below. Grant funding builds as co-op members voluntarily round up their electric bills each month, supplemented by a corporate contribution from SVEC’s board of directors.

More than $60,000 was awarded across three giving cycles in 2023. Since the program began in 2018, nearly $250,000 in grants have been distributed.

Augusta County

Health Equipment Loan Program: to purchase a dump trailer to transport abandoned and discarded equipment.

Staunton Augusta Church Relief Association: to provide emergency financial assistance to residents in need of help with utilities, evictions, medications and food.

Frederick County/Winchester

Shenandoah Valley Scholars Latino Initiative: to prepare Latino/a/x high school students for college through rigorous academic challenge, leadership development, scholarships and supportive mentorships.

Faithworks: to supplement the Pay It Forward program, which will ensure at least 13 additional households will have basic needs expenses covered.

League of Women Voters: to support the development of a website as a communication tool to increase voter registration.

Highland County

Highland Historical Society: to purchase archival containers for its collections and support funding part-time high school help through the local youth employment program.

The Highland Center: to host a free community appreciation dinner for those involved with the Highland Maple Festival.

Page County

Page Free Clinic: to help offset costs to provide free prescriptions for patients.

Hawksbill Greenway Foundation: toward fees for the final design of a trail extension, known as the Redwell-Isabella Furnace Historic Park and Trail.

Shenandoah County

Strasburg Community Library: to improve the safety of visitors by purchasing and installing railing in the center of the exterior concrete stairs.

More information is available at svec.coop/ORU.

Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves approximately 96,000 meters in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren and the City of Winchester. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia.

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