REC Employees in Culpeper Give Back to Community

Dec. 22, 2015

This holiday season employees from REC's Culpeper office took time out to give back to those in need in their communities. Through Project Big Heart (PBH), the employee service organization, employees donated more than $7,000 to community non-profit agencies and food banks.

“Throughout the year employees participated in various fundraising activities, donating money from their own pockets to help the community,” said Jen Melerski, REC’s Culpeper PBH chairperson. “This is our chance to give directly back to those in need in the surrounding areas.”

Holiday donations totaling $3,750 were made to Orange County Children’s Toy Box, Culpeper Christmas Basket Program, Madison County Department of Social Services, Services to Abused Families (SAFE), Lake of the Woods Childhelp Auxiliary - serving the Children of Alice C. Tyler Village, “Caring for the Children” Christmas Gift Project in Greene County, Hospice of the Rapidan, and Fauquier Cops for Children.

Foodbank donations totaling $3,500 were made to Wilderness Food Pantry in Locust Grove, Love Outreach Food Pantry in Orange, Greene County Department of Social Services, Emergency Food Bank in Charlottesville, Rappahannock Department of Social Services, Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition, Madison County Department of Social Services, and the Culpeper Food Closet.

According to Robbie Beard, REC’s Culpeper district manager, “I could not be more proud of our employees.They are dedicated to improving the quality of life of all for our members and this is just one more example of how they accomplish that each and every day.”

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, 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.