REC Members Provide The Power of Change

March 22, 2017


Over 14,000 members of REC voluntarily participate in The Power of Change, a program where the Cooperative rounds up electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, with the extra change used to support community efforts. A volunteer board of directors evaluates applications for funding and disburses funds back into the REC community. The following twelve organizations were recently selected to receive support for their community-focused efforts:

  • Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship - Millwood, Va.
  • Families Reaching Out Group (FROG) - Winchester, Va.
  • The Fork Church - Doswell, Va.
  • House of Hope/Warren County Shelter for the Homeless - Front Royal, Va.
  • Literacy Council of Madison County - Madison, Va.
  • Living Water Community Clinic - Locust Grove, Va.
  • Madison County Education Foundation - Madison, Va.
  • Piedmont Environmental Council - Warrenton, Va.
  • Rappahannock Regional Uplift and Scholarship Foundation - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Stafford Junction - Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Blessings in a Backpack - Fredericksburg, Va.

Sterling F. Schoonover, REC’s manager of member services says, "The generosity of REC's members is outstanding and the amount of good that the Power of Change does for our communities keeps improving. On behalf of everyone at REC, we thank our members who volunteer and donate to the program, and encourage others to consider signing up for this worthy cause."

Members can sign up by visiting thepowerofchange.org, calling 800-552-3904, or enrolling through their MyREC SmartHub. Once enrolled, the extra change from their electric bill will be dedicated to charitable causes. Organizations seeking funding will be able to access applications during the next application period beginning July 10, 2017.

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.